Certain things become so strongly associated with an era that they become timeless. This is certainly true of Nils Strinning’s shelf system, string®, which was designed in 1949. It may seem strange that something as simple and humble as this little dainty light shelf with its thin side panels has become one of the twentieth century’s foremost design icons. Nothing is too modest that it can’t be made better. This is how you could summarise Nils Strinning’s view on life. Through him the inventors demand for function is combined with the aesthetician’s feeling for proportion and detail.