Designed in 1948, this classic system is now available exclusively through us.

'Modern since 1949' String is the original component shelving system designed by the Swedish architect Nils Strinning in 1949. He was one of the leading mid-twentieth century designers who built the foundation of what we now call 'Scandinavian design'.

The structure is light weight, yet stable. It is simple to assemble and the shelves can be easily repositioned. Books are kept in place by the side panels and shelves of different depths can be combined in the same unit. When more shelf space is needed, simply add an additional side panel and some shelves. It is equally suited to a large or a small wall. This and the minimalistic timeless design is the reason why String still attracts attention after 60 years.

  • Category
    Shelving Units
  • Designer
    Nils Strinning

Available in four sizes over 6colour ways:

  • Ash, Walnut, Oak, Grey, Black, White


  • 3-pack 58x20 (WxD)
  • 3-pack 78x20 (WxD)
  • 3-pack 58x30 (WxD)
  • 3-pack 78x30 (WxD)

*Please note: Birch has been discontinued and replaced with Ash. We do still have some Birch stock left and if you'd like to purchase Birch, please get in touch with us by phone or email.

Shelves come in a three pack.

Designing your system:

You can plan your String system using this configuration tool on the String Website, then send us the plan and we will price it for you.

Pop in store to view the components and available options.

If you need assistance planning and ordering your String system please feel free to contact us, we are pleased to help.

We do carry some stock of String shelving, however if your chosen product is not in stock, lead time is 12 to 14 weeks.

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About the

Bob and friends is a store that hopes to bring a new and exciting collection to New Zealand. Our curated collection of furniture and homewares is sourced from all over the world.

We offer leading brands and have access to a fantastic range of furniture by leading designers such as Mathew Hilton, Donna Wilson, Kay, Stemmer, Lee Kirkbridge, Gareth Neal, Terrence Woodgate, and String Shelving.

Our showroom in Ponsonby is a home-style space in a stunning new building. Lounge around and get a feel for our range in a home-style set up. We are located across the road from some of Ponsonby's most loved coffee spots and amongst all the hustle of Ponsonby Road- a short walk from Ponsonby Central towards the Herne Bay end of the road.