What finally is beauty? Certainly nothing that can be calculated or measured. It is always something imponderable, something that lies between things.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1886–1969

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is one of the most celebrated modernist architects of the twentieth century, known for developing the International Style in Germany and abroad, which emphasized function, balance, clean lines and the use of glass and steel.

Mies van der Rohe was born in 1886 in Aachen, Germany, a center of heavy industry. His father was a stonecutter and Mies, who was never formally trained in architecture, often worked with his father, developing his exceptional sensitivity to materials at a young age. At 15, he apprenticed with several architectural firms in Aachen, and in 1905 he moved to Berlin to work for architect and furniture designer Bruno Paul. He received his first independent commission in 1907, the Riehl House in Postdam, and it caught the attention of Peter Behrens, the most progressive architect of the era. Mies joined the firm, where he met Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, who were also working under Behrens. From 1915 to 1918, he served in the war and, upon returning to Berlin, became involved in the very active artistic scene of the 1920s, when Bauhaus De Stijl and Expressionism were all emerging. In 1924, Mies met Lilly Reich, whom he collaborated and was involved with for many years; together, they designed the Barcelona chair, which debuted at the Mies-designed Germany pavilion for the World’s Fair in 1929 and is now regarded as one of the most iconic designs of the modern era.

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LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Brno chairs, set of twelve | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Brno chairs, set of twelve

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,860
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Brno chairs, set of twelve | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Brno chairs, set of twelve

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,938
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Brno chairs, set of twelve | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Brno chairs, set of twelve

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,500
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Tugendhat chairs, pair | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Tugendhat chairs, pair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,375
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Barcelona coffee table | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Barcelona coffee table

estimate: $250–450
result: $688
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Set of four Brno chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Set of four Brno chairs

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $2,750
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Pair of Barcelona chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Pair of Barcelona chairs

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $4,688
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Pair of Barcelona chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Pair of Barcelona chairs

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,313
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Set of eight Brno chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Set of eight Brno chairs

estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $4,375
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Set of six Brno chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Set of six Brno chairs

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,125
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Pair of Barcelona chairs and coffee table | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Pair of Barcelona chairs and coffee table

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,125
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Pair of Barcelona chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Pair of Barcelona chairs

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $5,313
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Pair of Barcelona chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Pair of Barcelona chairs

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $5,313
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Set of twelve Brno chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Set of twelve Brno chairs

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,500
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Chair study | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Chair study

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $7,500
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Pair of Barcelona chairs | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Pair of Barcelona chairs

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $6,250
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Pair of Barcelona chairs and coffee table | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Pair of Barcelona chairs and coffee table

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $5,625
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Barcelona lounge chairs, pair | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Barcelona lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $5,120
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE, Barcelona chairs, pair | ragoarts.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Barcelona chairs, pair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $9,375