Editor: Ludwig Glaeser Publisher: Museum of Modern art, New York Publication: 1977, First Edition Binding: Perfect-bound Pages: 88 Size: 195 x 260mm Text: English Design: Massimo Vignelli
Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe: Furniture and Furniture Drawings from the Design Collection and the Mies van der Rohe Archive.
(Preface) 'This survey of furniture by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is the second in a series devoted to important groups of material in the Museum's Design Collection. Mies was first of all an architect. Like Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, and Alvar Aalto, he created both a new architecture and the furniture suitable for it. The durability of his work, though not unique among the production of his peers, is exceptional in that his furniture achieves the same immunity to fashion that distinguishes his buildings. The Barcelona chair, designed in 1929, has been in continuous demand and increasing production since that date. Today it is the uncontested monument to calm and effortless elegance—almost a cult object for connoisseurs and yet, at the same time, so well known to millions that it may safely be used in all kinds of advertisements as the unmistakable sign of quality.'
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