Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mies!

Happy birthday to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the fathers of modernism in design! He created buildings, homes, furniture and furnishings that reflected a new sensibility. His iconic Farnsworth House in Illinois is now a museum. His skyscraper known as the Seagram Building still stands tall in midtown Manhattan, a testament to modernist architecture. The glorious Barecelona Pavilion (actually the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition) was built in 1928 and 1929 but was torn down after the fair in 1930. It was a sleek, minimalist vision--a study of planes and space--in luxe materials such as marble, red onyx, and travertine. Thankfully, the structure has been recreated in Spain--and is also a museum open to visitors. And his beautiful, sleek furniture is still sold by outlets such as Knoll and Design Within Reach.

Below: two views of the reconstructed Barcelona (German) Pavilion

Below: The iconic Farnsworth House

Below: The Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue in New York

Below: the Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona chair and day bed (designed, as you would imagine, for the Barcelona Pavilion)

Happy birthday, LMVDR! Here is your cake shaped like your Barcelona day bed!

Do check out the links below to learn more...


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