Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of architecture, was born on this day in 1886 in Germany.

In 1938, he moved to the US. From his Chicago-based practice, Mies designed a portfolio of buildings that changed the face of American institutional architecture. While at IIT he befriended and mentored a young Florence Knoll. Florence has always credited Mies as her most influential instructor, and, in 1948, Mies granted Knoll exclusive rights to produce his furniture, including the Barcelona collection, the Brno chair, and MR series.

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