Some IKEA hacks go so far beyond a simple IKEA transformation that they should be considered custom furniture with IKEA elements. In some of those cases (like this one!) the results are exceptional.
IKEA Hackers user colsey blew my fragile little mind with this custom writing desk inspired by the Cavour desk by Carlo Mollino. It took some work, but considering that the original desk would cost $14,000, the work was well worth it.
The project started with as simple Alex drawer unit and a modified towel rail. With a set of custom legs and a glass top, it became a unique desk that looks like it cost a fortune. For more pictures, check out the full, step-by-step building process on IKEA Hackers.