Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe – the pioneer of modernist architecture


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born on March 27, 1886 and died August 17, 1969. He was a German-American architect and focused on furniture design.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright are recognised as the foremost pioneers of modern architecture and modern furniture design.

Mies established his own modern architectural and furniture style based on a simplicity of design.

As an Architect he favoured free-flowing space and the use of steel framework and plate glass to define his open plan buildings.

He famously referred to his buildings as “skin and bones” architecture, and described his style as “less is more” and “God is in the details”.

From Traditionalism to Modernism Mies created his own vision of Modern Designer Furniture and Architecture.

He was rewarded with a commission to design the all-glass Friedrichstraße skyscraper, and in 1922 the Glass Skyscraper, and in 1929 the Barcelona Pavilion which he is most remembered for.

Mies was a Director and Teacher at the famous Bauhaus Modern Architecture School in Germany.

Mies fled to America in 1937 and accepted an offer from the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago when the school was closed by Nazi Movement who opposed Modernism. 

For the remainder of his working life Mies continued to design in his vision of Modernism in Architecture and Furniture.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe will be remembered for his contribution to the creation and development of Modern Architecture and Modern Furniture.

When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe  was commissioned to design the Barcelona Pavilion he also included the Barcelona Chair and Stool.

He  primarily created the Barcelona Chair for the King and Queen of Spain to rest upon during their visit.

In addition Mies designed the Barcelona Daybed and Barcelona Coffee Table.

The Le Corbusier LC2 and  the Barcelona Chair are the most recognised pieces of furniture of the last century. They are true icons of the modern movement.

The Barcelona Chair emanates a simple grace and style that embodies Mies van der Rohe’s famous statement and style……. “less is more.”

Each Barcelona Chair and Table is a statement to the union of classic modern design and exceptional craftsmanship.

The Barceloa Chair, Barcelona Table and Barcelona Daybed are universally acknowledged as some of the most perfect examples of modern designer furniture.

The Barcelona Modern Designer Furniture Collection is as popular today as they were a century ago.

The rights and license to produce these pieces was passed to Florence Knoll who was originally a student to Mies and credits her own considerable success to the Great Master.

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