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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

American, German, 1886-1969

Architect, furniture designer and educator, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a central figure in the advancement and promotion of modernist design and architectural theory and practice. Like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, he was a hugely influential presence in the field, who shaped the course of 20th-century architecture both through his buildings and his teaching of rationalist design principles. 

Born in the medieval German city of Aachen, Mies found an interest in architecture as a boy while working for his father, a master stonemason. He had no formal education as an architect, but learned his skills as an apprentice to the designer Bruno Paul, and as a staffer in the office the proto-modernist architect and designer Peter Behrens. Following World War I, Mies rose to prominence in his field amid the liberal atmosphere of the Weimar Republic. His reputation was secured by his work on the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona (commonly referred to as the Barcelona Pavilion) — which Mies codesigned with Lilly Reich, his creative and romantic partner — a radically simple, poetic, open-plan building pared down to its architectural essentials. Mies would go on to direct the Bauhaus from 1930 until 1933, when Nazi-government interference forced the closure of the progressive art and design school. Later that decade, he made his way to Chicago, where he remained for the rest of his career as a practicing architect and a dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mies’s famed dictum “less is more” grew from his belief that architecture both guides and expresses the spirit of the times, and he envisioned the 20th century as open-minded, logical, transparent and liberated by technology. His best-known buildings — residences such as the Villa Tugendhat in Czechoslovakia and the Farnsworth House in rural Illinois; skyscrapers like the 860–880 Lake Shore Drive apartment towers in Chicago and the Seagram Building in New York — reflect that philosophy. As do the most famous furniture designs authored by him or codesigned with Reich. 

Pieces designed by Mies and Reich such as the Barcelona chair (the authorized version is produced by Knoll today), stools and daybed, or the cantilevered Brno chairs, deliver a maximum of comfort and support from a minimum of materials: their “lavishness” derives from the precision with which they are engineered and constructed. For the collector, the allure of Mies’s furniture is at once practical and idealistic. Useful and functional, his works embody the highest aspirations of modernism.

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Brno Chair - Flat Bar - 255
Brno Chair - Flat Bar - 255
Barcelona Chair
Barcelona Chair
MR Chair - 256CS
MR Chair - 256CS
Barcelona Daybed
Barcelona Daybed
Eight Knoll International Brno Chairs by Mies Van Der Rohe
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Belmont, MA
Eight Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (German, 1886-1968) for Knoll International Brno Chairs, United States, 1982, polished stainless steel frames, original upholstery, with Knoll Internat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Stainless Steel

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe MR20 Gebruder Thonet Germany / Austria, 1927
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Camden, ME
An early example of Mies van der Rohe's great classic Bauhaus armchair the MR20. Margaretha Reichardt (1907-1984) also known as Grete Reichardt, was a textile artist, weaver, and gr...
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1920s Austrian Bauhaus Vintage Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Metal, Steel, Chrome

S 533 Cantilever Chair Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in New York, NY
RANGE S 533 Technology becomes furniture; a striking invention becomes an elegant interior design object. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was the first to provide the cantilever chair with...
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2010s German Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Chrome

Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Daybed Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A great example of this classic form. Beautiful leather Original finish on the frame. Label present This daybaed was purchased in the 1980's and the client paid for the upgraded ...
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1980s American Vintage Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Leather

  • Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Daybed Knoll
  • Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Daybed Knoll
  • Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Daybed Knoll
  • Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Daybed Knoll
H 24.5 in. W 77 in. D 39 in.
Vintage MR20 Lounge Chairs in Leather by Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage MR20 lounge chairs designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. Tubular chrome frames with dark green leather straps and cushions. 18" seat height. Signed with manufacture...
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1970s Bauhaus Vintage Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Steel, Chrome

Sofa Designed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare sofa designed by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll. Reupholstered in Maharam wool with down filled cushions.
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1960s Vintage Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Fabric

  • Sofa Designed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll
  • Sofa Designed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll
  • Sofa Designed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll
  • Sofa Designed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll
H 26.5 in. W 90.5 in. D 33 in.
Brno Flat-Bar Chairs in Velvet, Obsidian Gloss by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll
Located in Wilton, CT
The definition of minimalism in a singular design, achieved by the great Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929; the Brno Flat-Bar chair is just that. We have edited these contemporary ite...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Bauhaus Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Steel

Barcelona Daybed by Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll International, 1960s, Signed
By Knoll, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This iconic and authentic (both the leather cushion and the Mahogany frame is signed with Knoll International labels) daybed is the 'Barcelona Daybed' also referred to as the 'Barcel...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Stainless Steel

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Barcelona Stool - 251Y
Barcelona Stool - 251Y
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$5,246
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Barcelona Stool - 251Y
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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Animal Skin, Leather, Metal, Stainless Steel, Steel
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Mid Century Modern
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Krefeld Lounge Chair
Krefeld Lounge Chair
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$1,885
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Krefeld Lounge Chair
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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Fabric, Faux Leather, Ultrasuede, Upholstery, Wood
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Mid Century Modern
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Barcelona Table with Stainless Steel Frame - 252
Barcelona Table with Stainless Steel Frame - 252
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Barcelona Table with Stainless Steel Frame - 252
By Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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Metal, Stainless Steel
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Mid Century Modern
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Mies van der Rohe furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Ludwig Mies van der Rohe collection, there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 167 vintage editions of these items, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. In North America, many of the original furniture by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was created in the mid-century modern style during the 20th century. Many customers also consider furniture by Vladimir Kagan, Charles Eames and Craft Associates if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Ludwig Mies van der Rohe furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$490 and tops out at US$65,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,029. 1stDibs
Questions About Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Mies van der Rohe was known for many things. Some people associate him with the Bauhaus School, which he led from 1930 to 1933. Others associate him with his most famous architectural designs, including the Seagram Building in New York. In addition, Mies van der Rohe was an influential furniture designer and the dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Find a collection of Mies van der Rohe furniture on 1stDibs.

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