“Less is more.” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe celebrates his 126th birthday today. (March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969)
He was a German architect, who along with Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier, was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie-style to transcend European design to become one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. Mies established a new “international” architectural style that stripped the excesses and and embellishments of Classical and Gothic architecture. His influential twentieth century architectural style, personified with extreme clarity and simplicity in such buildings as the Seagram Building in New York City.
His buildings, with minimal framework of structural overlay, were inspired but ultimately unlike those of Frank Lloyd Wright, used modern materials as the dominant design force, primarily industrial steel and plate glass to define both exterior and interior spaces.