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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born on 27th March 1886 in Aachen, Germany, and is not only remembered by history as a designer of Knoll's Barcelona chair, but also as an architect. His first modern and energy-efficient buildings originated from 1923, and in 1927 Mies van der Rohe was responsible for the curation of the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, unquestionably one of modernisms genuine flagship projects. For his own apartment house on the Weissenhof Estate Mies van der Rohe made his first use of a steel frame, a construction principle which allowed for the enlargement of the window areas and a more variable use of the residential space, a construction principle which was to be fundamental in his later buildings. In addition to being commissioned to design the German Pavilion for the 1929 World Exhibition in Barcelona, Mies van der Rohe was also requested to design the furniture for the pavilion. The pavilion proved to be a main attraction of the World Exhibition and is now considered one of the most significant works of modern architectural history: equally so with the Barcelona Chair. Although his career in Germany was interpreted by the outbreak of war, he was able to continue with his success in America following his emigration in 1938.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was one of the most important architects and designers of modernism

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Mies im Westen @ Landeshaus des LVR, Cologne

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