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1970s CSS Shelving Unit by George Nelson for Herman Miller

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Expansive four bay George Nelson ‘Comprehensive Storage System’ (CSS) with customized ash shelving installed by first sale client in the 1970s. Introduced by Herman Miller in 1959, CSS was a refinement on Nelson’s slightly earlier ‘OMNI’ storage system for Structural Products Inc. but retained and expanded upon its modular, multiple component system of an adaptable and expandable storage system touting simple and easy assembly. This ‘Floor to Ceiling Installation’ consists of structural poles of anodized extruded aluminum spaced at intervals of 32” apart to create a single bay. There are five poles (No.9101) with this system thus creating four bays which can accommodate various 32’’ wide CSS components. This particular system includes twenty-five black metal shelf brackets (No.9104) to support five solid ash plain cut shelves displaying an active grain pattern with nice ‘cathedral effects. Each shelf is 0.75” thick, 129” long, and 11.75” deep. Shelf height is adjustable per clients needs at time of installation. This system also includes five original canister lights (No.9138) in black matte finish metal that contain two bulb sockets each allowing for both up and down light. The wiring is concealed in the pole’s channel making for an uncluttered look. The custom shelves which each run the entire width of the system create a very linear, architecturally clean effect which is absent using standard CSS shelving of 32” width set at different heights between the bays.

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 82 in. x W 129 in. x D 20.5 in.H 208.28 cm x W 327.66 cm x D 52.07 cm
  • Seller Location
    Sagaponack, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    13516.001
  • Reference Number
    LU890317840301
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About George Nelson (Designer)

Architect, designer, and writer, George Nelson was a central figure in the mid-century American modernist design movement; and his thoughts influenced not only the furniture we live with, but also how we live.

     Nelson came to design via journalism and literature. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale in 1931, he won the Prix de Rome fellowship, and spent his time in Europe writing magazine articles that helped bring stateside recognition to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier and other canonical modernist architects. In the 1940s, Nelson wrote texts that suggested such now-commonplace ideas as open-plan houses, storage walls and family rooms. D.J. Depree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller Inc., was so impressed by Nelson that in 1944 — following the sudden death of Gilbert Rohde, who had introduced the firm to modern design in the 1930s — he invited Nelson to join the company as its design director.

     There Nelson’s curatorial design talents came to the fore. To Herman Miller he brought such eminent creators as Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and the textile and furniture designer Alexander Girard. Thanks to a clever contract, at the same time as he directed Herman Miller he formed a New York design company, George Nelson & Associates, that sold furniture designs to the Michigan firm, as well as its competitor, the Howard Miller Clock Company. Nelson’s New York team of designers (who were rarely individually credited) would create such iconic pieces as the “Marshmallow” sofa, the “Coconut” chair, the “Ball” clock, the “Bubble” lamp series and the many cabinets and beds that comprise the sleek “Thin-Edge” line.

     For dedicated collectors, as well as for interior designers who look beyond “the look,” there is a “cool-factor” inherent to vintage pieces from George Nelson and others. Nelson was in on it from the start, and it’s valuable to have a piece that was there with him. But still, as is evident from the offerings from dealers on these pages, in any of the designs, in any iteration whose manufacture Nelson oversaw and encouraged, there are shining elements of lightness, elegance, sophistication —and a little bit of swagger. George Nelson felt confident in his ideas about design and didn’t mind letting the world know.

Read more about George Nelson in Introspective Magazine

About the Seller

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WYETH celebrates the fine, the unusual and the extraordinary in its well-curated selection of furniture, lighting, art and objects. Its offerings range from museum-quality pieces, by masters like Hans J. Wegner and Edward Wormley, to anonymous industrial objects of great merit, along with the exc...

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