“I set out to design a shelf for someone who owns a lot of books,” says award-winning Swedish writer and designer Peter Cohen of his deceptively lightweight shelving system. Cell’s airy design employs slender wires secured with metal “bullets” to support thin shelves in high-strength steel. As suitable to hold heavyweight literature as to display artwork, each section contains 7 powder-coated, laminate-surfaced shelves (including the top shelf) and 2 wires. Wall units are configured starting with an A-section and then adding the desired number of B-sections to its right. All necessary bracketing is also included.
- A-Section: 74" h x 20" w x 7" d (190x52x18cm)
- B-Section: 74" h x 19" w x 7" d (190x50x18cm)
White laminate, powder coated steel, steel wire, casted zinc
When a Swedish publisher held a bookshelf design competition in 1946, there was no way of knowing the result would become one of the most iconic concepts of the 20th Century. Bonnier wanted to jump-start sales of its books in the postwar economy but realized customers would need a place to store them at home. The winner, out of 194 entries in all, was Nils Strinnings (with an assist from his designer wife, Kajsa) and his system named String.
Based on a ladder-like, coated-wire framework, it was lightweight, versatile and redoubtably stable. Not to mention quick to assemble, easy to reposition and little trouble to transport. String was an immediate success far and wide—especially with a newly identifiable younger generation. Just a few years later, in 1950, the shelves were even ordered for the new UN headquarters in New York. String continues to produce the timeless original designs as well as updated versions for both residential and office spaces.