Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Credited with the phrase, 'less is more', architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born on this day in 1886. A pioneer of modern architecture who, along with other influential architects such as Le Corbusier, Adolf Loos, and Walter Gropius, helped define the International Style. Mies is perhaps best known for the use of what he termed 'universal space' in his buildings... an interior free of columns and structural members that provided flexibility in use and functional arrangement. His noted works include the 1929 Barcelona Pavilion, 1951 Farnsworth House, 1956 Crown Hall, and 1958 Seagram Building with Phillip Johnson.