George Nelson for Herman Miller CSS Wall Unit Mid Century Modern

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.

George Nelson for Herman Miller CSS Wall Unit Mid Century Modern

George Nelson for Herman Miller CSS Wall Unit

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:

Ikea hacker into mid century modern George Nelson

Materials: IKEA Stolmen poles + wood

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.


Ikea into George Nelson CSS wall unit mid century modern

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.

Ikea hack into George Nelson CSS wall unit mid century modern

I’ll be proposing more of a custom approach, somewhere between the cost of the Ikea hack and sourcing an original…Stay tuned.