George Nelson Wall Unit for Mobilier International
George Nelson for Mobilier International, 'CSS' wall unit, steel, rosewood and aluminum, United States, 1960s
This storage system is designed by Nelson in the 1960s. The wall unit was the first piece of furniture by Miller that made of use of vertical space to free up living space. Its official name is the Comprehensive Storage System which points to the fact that the invention of this cabinet was functional at first yet the aesthetics of Nelson are clearly visible in the unit. The wall unit consists of two rows with two compartments and several shelves.
George Nelson (1908-1986) was an architect, writer, lecturer and designer who were one of the first to pick up Industrial design in the United States. Nelson fundamentally questioned the basis of furniture business. After initial reluctance Nelson came to work as a designer and director at Herman Miller in 1944. Here, Nelson rejected the purely market-oriented type of business model that was predominant in the furniture sector and pleads only to make furniture of which he was completely convinced: the rest would follow. In his first year at Miller, he produced 77 designs. Nelson believed furthermore that the industrial designer brought together all the arts. His designs are recognized by open shapes, clean lines and modest forms.