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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

L. Mies van der Rohe is definitely one of the most famous names from the Modernist movement and the Mid Century Modern Style period. Its contributions to the world of Architecture are enormous, as building like the IBM Tower in Chicago witnessed. 

When it comes to Interior Design, the legacy of L. Mies van der Rohe isn’t scarce either. The Barcelona Collection, released in 1929 for the International Exposition of Barcelona, is a landmark of furniture and design, due to products like the Barcelona Chair or the Barcelona Daybed, among others.


The legacy of the Barcelona Collection lasts until now, for sure, but there is so much more work that van der Rohe brought us.  One of the most garing aspects of der Rohe is his outstanding skill for aphorisms. Some of them are really famous and are a common part of the everyday talking.  Lets take a look at 5 of the most famous quotes by the German-American Designer.


Means must be subsidiary to ends and to our desire for dignity and value.

This phrase give us a very clear image of how materials, means, are considered in Mid Century Modern Style. If function is over design, means are secondary, so is convenient to explore looking always for more efficient materials.

A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.

A quote that let us know how van der Rohe had respect for furniture, and its inner complexities. 

Less is more.

One of the most famous quotes of van der Rohe, almost like an advertising slogan, van der Rohe resumes here one of the most influential principles of the Modernist and Mid Century Modern period: Minimalism and the need for few ornament.

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The Barcelona Daybed, part of the Barcelona Collection