String System: Tiny Cabinet
Tiny is an elegant little holdall with a drop-down door, sized to fit with all 30 cm deep wire panels from String System. The unit needs to be placed on top of either a wooden shelf or one of the larger cabinets and attached to one of the side's wire panel. Made of lacquered walnut veneer, the inside of the cabinet's lid is surfaced in brushed stainless steel—handy for holding a drink if it's used as a bar compartment. And the back of the cabinet has a reflective mirror for easy retrieval of items.
15" h x 11" w x 11.8" d (38x28x30cm)
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.