Besides being renowned for furniture Van der Rohe is a significant individual in modern architecture too. This ‘Brno’ armchair was designed in the 1930’s and featured tubular steel. He always aimed for his designs to portray “Thoughts in Action”
Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) taught at the Bauhaus under Walter Gropius along with such eminent artists such as Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky .
Characterised by steel and glass his simplicity and clarity of architectural design created a destinctive balance of space and structure - epitomiing his aphorism of "less is more".
As early as 1921 Van der Rohe created glass ‘skyscrapers in Germany and in 1929 his classic design appeared for the German Pavilion at the Barcelona International Exposition. This set the trend for the use of marble and travertine as stone claddings and although the building was demolished at the
end of the event it was recreated later on the same site. Van der Rohe also designed the font for the Toronto Dominion Centre and this can still be seen in some parts of the city today.
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