Mies and Modern Living

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In 1929 Barcelona was host to the World Arts Fair, an international architecture and design exposition attended by members of the Spanish royalty and many senior European government officials. It was an occasion for cultural grandstanding, an opportunity for countries to parade their native talent. So when the German government approached Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) to design a pavilion, he was left in no doubt as to their expectations--and he met them, erecting an ultra-modern creation in glass, steel ...
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In 1929 Barcelona was host to the World Arts Fair, an international architecture and design exposition attended by members of the Spanish royalty and many senior European government officials. It was an occasion for cultural grandstanding, an opportunity for countries to parade their native talent. So when the German government approached Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) to design a pavilion, he was left in no doubt as to their expectations--and he met them, erecting an ultra-modern creation in glass, steel and four types of marble. Once he had accomplished this, Mies then set about designing furniture for his building--something none of his competitors appear to have thought of. Thus was born the iconic Barcelona chair, an ingenious blend of clean Modernist steel tubing and comfort-appeal cushioning.
Gathering the proceedings of a 2007 symposium on van der Rohe, this publication takes the Barcelona chair as a starting point to address his progressive ideas on interior space and continuities between architecture and furniture design. Experts trace the highlights of Mies' career and flesh out a context for his innovations in the ferment of 1920s and 1930s Berlin. Also included is a series of previously unpublished photographs of Mies' work.
Author of the proto-Minimalist aphorism, "less is more," Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is not only one of the twentieth century's greatest architects, but the creator of numerous milestones in the history of design.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783775722216
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Preliminary Remark Manfred Osthaus Osthaus, Manfred 6

Acknowledgements Birgit Schulte Schulte, Birgit 7

Toward "Modern Living" Helmut Reuter Reuter, Helmut 9

Biographical Notes

From Ludwig Mies to Mies van der Rohe: The Apartment and Studio Am Karlsbad 24 (1915-39) Andreas Marx Marx, Andreas Paul Weber Weber, Paul 25

Opposing the Age of Short-Lived Fashions: Lines Connecting Mies van der Rohe and Karl Ernst Osthaus Birgit Schulte Schulte, Birgit 41

Interiors

Architecture and Art: Mies van der Rohe Builds for Art Collectors Nina Senger Senger, Nina Jan Maruhn Maruhn, Jan 57

Unknown Photographs of Mies van der Rohe's Kempner House (1921-23): Insight into Mies's Working Economy in the Development of Recliner Designs, 1930 Andreas Marx Marx, Andreas Paul Weber Weber, Paul 71

Of Interiors and Exteriors: Lemke House (1932/33) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Wita Noack Noack, Wita. 77

Furniture

Simplicity as the Vehicle of a New Beauty: Technology, Industry, and Mies van der Rohe's Principle of Minimalization Reinhold Happel Happel, Reinhold 87

The Metal Furniture by Mies van der Rohe: Manufacturers and Imitations, 1927-38 Otakar Macel Macel, Otakar 99

Type and Prototype: The Cantilever Chair for Stuttgart, 1927 Bernd Dicke Dicke, Bernd 111

Petty Patent, Reichspatentamt Berlin, 1930 Reichspatentamt Berlin 123

Patents ZI Research Group 125

Circle, Cross, and Square the MR Table 127

Mies van der Rohe's Desks 129

The Pavilion Chair 133

Lilly Reich's Furniture Designs 135

The "Lilly Reich Weave" 139

Chaise Longue MR 100, 1931 141

Multifunctional Recliner, 1931 143

The Pavilion Chair: The Furnishings of the 1929 GermanPavilion in Barcelona and Their Significance Wolf Tegethoff Tegethoff, Wolf 145

Analyzing the Early Barcelona Chair: A Series of Analyses Conducted within the Scope of the Catalogue Raisonne Furniture and Furniture Designs by Mies van der Rohe Mathias Winkler Winkler, Mathias 175

The Production of the Barcelona Chair in Germany After 1945 Friederike Friederike Hans Deuerler Deuerler, Hans 185

The Collaboration Between Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Christiane Lange Lange, Christiane 195

Photography

1925 Helmut Reuter Reuter, Helmut 211

Mies and the Photographers I: List of Photographers Working with Mies van der Rohe's Berlin Studio until 1938 Helmut Reuter Reuter, Helmut Wolftegethoff Wolftegethoff Rolf Sachsse Sachsse, Rolf. 231

Mies and the Photographers II: Medium and Modernity as Enigma Rolf Sachsse Sachsse, Rolf. 253

"... Wallpaper with Arctic Landscapes ...": Mies van der Rohe's Patents for Wallpaper Design and Printing Technology 1937-50 Dietrich Neumann Neumann, Dietrich. 265

Epilogue 277

Georg Kolbe's Sculpture Morning: The Return from Barcelona Helmut Reuter Reuter, Helmut 282

Photo Credits 286

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