ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Style -

1 One of String’s first or­ders (in 1950) was for shelv­ing to fur­nish of­fices at the United Na­tions head­quar­ters in New York, de­signed by Brazil­ian ar­chi­tect Os­car Niemeyer. 2 On the brand’s 60th birthday in 2009, the String shelv­ing sys­tem was clas­si­fied as a work of Ap­plied Art un­der copy­right law, giv­ing it the same pro­tec­tion from im­i­ta­tors as art­works and books – a very rare priv­i­lege for a piece of fur­ni­ture. 3 In 2017, the Swedish post of­fice marked the 100th an­niver­sary of Nils Strin­ning’s birth by launch­ing a stamp fea­tur­ing his iconic shelves – proof of the ex­tent to which his much-loved de­sign has en­tered the coun­try’s pop­u­lar con­scious­ness. 4 In keep­ing with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, String now has a free-to- down­load iphone app that al­lows you to build your own shelv­ing sys­tem in a vir­tual room. Search for ‘String’ in the App Store.

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