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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

German architect (1886-1969), the last director of the Bauhaus
God is in the details.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (March 27, 1886August 17, 1969), was an architect and designer.



  • God is in the details.
    • "On restraint in Design" in The New York Herald Tribune (28 June 1959)
  • Less is more.
    • adopted by 1947 as a precept for Minimalist design and architecture.
  • I don´t want to be interesting, I want to be good.
  • Architecture is the will of an epoch translated into space.
  • Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.


  • Symmetry is the aesthetics of the stupid.
  • An early appearance is "Symmetry is the aesthetics of the little man," which appears in the 1965 book Bauen auf dem Lande (Building in the Countryside), volumes 16-17. However, the quote has also variously been attributed to Picasso, Salvatore Dali and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.[1]


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