Mies van der Rohe: Objects and Furniture Design

Mies van der Rohe: Objects and Furniture Design


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German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) is without doubt one of the pioneering masters of Modern architecture: The contemporary cityscape betrays his influence at every turn. Equally significant, though smaller in scale, are his adventures in furniture design. Like any good architect, Mies knew that architecture and furniture inevitably slip into dialogue and affect one another (he brought his knowledge of recent industrial technologies to bear on many of the chairs and tables he produced) and consequently, his earliest designs, beginning in the mid-1920s, were conceived for specific interiors. At first furniture design seemed more daunting than architecture: "There are endless possibilities and many problems—the chair has to be light, it has to be strong, it has to be comfortable. It is almost easier to build a skyscraper than a chair," he once declared. But Mies soon found novel ways to marry traditional luxurious fabrics and leathers with contemporary chrome frames, while effecting a distinct separation between the supporting structure and the supported surfaces. Today his Modern furniture pieces like the Barcelona chair, table, ottoman and day bed and the Bruno chair are acclaimed popular classics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788434311824
Publisher: Poligrafa, Ediciones, S. A.
Publication date: 09/30/2010
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mies van der Rohe was born in 1886 in Aachen, Germany. One of the most important and influential architects of the first half of the 20th century, Mies designed, among other iconic buildings, the Seagram Building in New York and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. He died in Chicago in 1969.

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