As well as characters who have led the way in culture and art, thought and literature, here at Oscar Magnuson we also like to pay homage to heroes of design. Nisse Strinning created the String bookshelf system with his wife back in 1949 for a contest held by Bonnier public library. Illustrating the perfect balance of form and function, it helped cement Strinning’s place in history as a founding member of the Scandinavian Design movement.

The key to the String shelving system is flexibility, one can continuously add to it as a book collection grows. That’s function. But it also attracts in terms of form – it has an aesthetically pleasing simplicity. Oscar Magnuson frames follow a similar conceptual path with an extra dollop of storytelling. Each is influenced by and named after wonderfully inspiring people, such as Strinning.