A DIY Mid-Century Modern PC Tower!

A DIY Mid-Century Modern PC Tower!

Taryn Williford
Jul 26, 2010

If you haven't noticed, Mid-Century Modern styling is de rigueur over at Apartment Therapy. But here at Unplggd, we don't always get the opportunity to showcase MCM; it's not like we could refurb an authentic 1950's laptop table or anything. But one DIY designer wanted to imagine what computer furniture would look like if it had existed in the 1950s—and he wants your help getting the authenticity just right.

Jeffrey Stephenson, who is no stranger to re-creating vintage designs, wanted to imagine what computer furniture might have looked like "if IBM had invented the PC twenty years earlier."

So this apparent Mad Men fan set out to create a PC tower that looked like it could have been "a computer used in the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper and Pryce."

Using a 1964 Danish-made desk (an eBay find, shown below) as his inspiration, Stephenson created this current-work-in-progress. And he wants you to help him decide if he's going in the right direction.

Head over to Core 77 and leave a comment with the answers to Stephenson's questions:

  1. Do you find the length of the legs, or the use of woven cane in the front, an issue?
  2. Danish modern should be teak, but does this red oak work
  3. I want the design to be light and airy, but are the proportions too thin in the legs and tabletop?
  4. How much will people complain about there not being a CD drive? (I don't use them anymore.)
  5. The emblem on the front is a big decision yet to be made. I have a case badge from an original IBM I'm considering using, but something classy from the period might be more appropriate.Any suggestions?

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