Mid-Century Modern – The George Nelson CSS Wall System and Your Alternatives
I am unapologetically a mid-century modern guy. I just love the period in general. I’m particularly fond of the furniture design and painting style that was prevalent during this time period. I’m definitely not alone. I was recently given the task of designing and building a wall unit for a client and decided to use George Nelson’s CSS Wall System as inspiration for my proposed design.
You can pay the $9,000 to get an original, or take the “Ikea hacker” route, as seen on a website dedicated to such projects, as you can see below:
Description: After carefully deciding the sizes of the shelves and of the “working station”, (sketchup plan appeared pretty useful to avoid mistakes) I cut/sand/tint in teak color/varnished each part from one 5′ x 5′ cherry wood board bought at a local shop. I made them a kind of back to avoid the books from falling off since it was going to be used as a room divider.
I added two black desk leg from Ikea also to provide more stability.
The whole unit was finally assembled according to Ikea Stolmen instructions.
Tadam ! Multi-purpose unit whit a vintage twist.
I’ll be proposing more of a custom approach, somewhere between the cost of the Ikea hack and sourcing an original…Stay tuned.