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Mies van der Rohe

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Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe was a man of the industrial age. His steel framed buildings with large-scale glazing are landmarks of modern architecture. The furniture he designed is as timeless as it is classic.

In 1930 he became the last director of the Bauhaus and was responsible for the school’s move from Dessau to Berlin.

In 1928 he was asked to design and co-ordinate the Weimar Republic’s pavilion for the Barcelona industrial exposition of 1929, which was to become his most iconic work. The most famous piece from this exhibit is the Barcelona chair, which looks strikingly modern, but is actually based on the sella curulis, a Roman magistrate’s stool. The Barcelona chair has a prestigious heritage, a throne conceived by a master designer and intended for use by a king.

Mies was also influenced by Marcel Breuer’s use of tubular steel and experimented with cantilevered chairs, long before Panton in the 1960’s. In the 1940’s Mies studied with Florence Knoll in the US and they formed a lifelong friendship. Later, as the Knoll company grew, Florence turned to him for the sole rights to produce his designs, which they still hold.

The MR lounge chair, Barcelona day bed and of course the iconic Barcelona chair and ottoman are still made to the highest of specifications but are now available to all (including kings!).

 

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