Happy Birthday, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Mies van der Rohe, one of the titans of modern architecture, was born 126 years ago today.

If you went on Google today, you saw their homage to Mies van der Rohe.

Known for his “less is more” style, after his death, many postmodernists blamed him for the soulless “international design” that became popular.

The thing is, simple is hard to get right.  All those Mies van der Rohe knockoffs were just that, knockoffs.

I know this chair is EVERYWHERE, but I love the lines of the Barcelona chair.  It’s modern design, but I’ve seen the chair work in non-contemporary settings as well

Barcelona chair, Knoll

The Guardian has a great article regarding how the reputation of Mies van der Rohe has completely changed since his death in 1986.

I didn’t know that the Barcelona chair was never intended for production.  A stainless steel one will set you back $7740.

I can’t even imagine what an original version goes for.

  1. I am now convinced that Ikea used Miles as their inspiration for their futon bed and the Poang chair. ;-) Simple is hard to get right and knockoffs are just knockoffs!

    • I totally agree. Just like one of their tables is very similar to the Saarinen Tulip table. I will write a post about Eekaah (ha) at some point. I have a love/hate relationship with them.

      • I would love to see your post and your take on EKAYAH (good one) because aren’t they the ones that tried to champion “simple is best” for the masses? I am finding your design blog totally informative and super readable. Brava bravissima!!!!

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