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Nils & Kajsa Strinning

Nils “Nisse” Strinning, born December 8, 1917 in Kramfors, died May 10, 2006 was a Swedish architect and designer. Together with his wife, architect and designer Kajsa Strinning, born January 27 in Ytterlännäs, died December 20, 2017, Strinning became world famous through the bookshelf system Stringhyllan.

The couple created the bookshelf together in 1949, for a competition initiated by Bonniers public library.

In the 1040s, Nisse Strinning studies architecture at the royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). As a student he designed a dish rack consisting of plastic-coated metal wires. The rack, which was named Elfa, became very popular and was then the staring point for when the spouses created the famous String shelf. In 1952 he formed the two companies String Design AB and Swedish Design AB. Nils and Kajsa designed many plastic objects during the 1960s and 1970s. Since the beginning of 1960, the design has been patented.

Today, the shelves are sold all over the world under the String Furniture brand, and many new designs have been added over the years. An example is the pocket shelf that Nils Strinning designed before he died, aged 89, in 2006.

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