Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, more commonly referred to simply as “Mies” stands alongside the likes of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright as one of the godfathers of modernist architecture. Growing up in Aachen, and following a brief tenure in his father’s stone carving shop Mies worked his way through the local design firms and found himself in Berlin, where he joined the office of interior designer Bruno Paul, before taking an apprenticeship at the studio of famed architect Peter Behrens. Whilst there Mies worked alongside Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, the latter of which with whom he would go on to found the Bauhaus in the years that followed.
In the wake of the rise of the Third Reich, Mies, alongside many of his contemporaries in design, the arts and cinema, left Germany for the US, where he would further solidify his reputation as one of the great architects and designers of the 20th Century. His aphorism "less is more" serves as a mantra and a rallying cry for a major contingency of the design world.
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