Ludwig

$60.00 $120.00
By Markian

Size

Minimal, grounding, and subtle: exactly what you can expect from Markian.

Ludwig, with its textured, natural finish, is a grounding addition to any space. Available in 2 sizes, Ludwig can be used as a bowl or a vase. Its organic and earthy feel makes it a perfect pairing for beautiful Australian natives.

Materials & Care

Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

Namesake

“Architecture is a language. When you are very good, you can be a poet.” - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (known primarily by his surname) was a highly prolific architect, considered by historians to be one of the most important of the 20th century and one whose work left a legacy in architectural theory.

Mies was born March 27, 1886, in Aachen, Germany. Before moving to Berlin, he worked in his father's stone carving shop and at several local design firms. After settling in Berlin, he joined the office of interior designer Bruno Paul, then later became an apprentice at the studio of Peter Behrens from 1908 to 1912, where he was exposed to the current design theories and progressive German culture. His peers at the studio included Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. He began his independent professional career designing upper-class homes.

His designs were known for their emphasis on open spaces and function over ornamentation, and his favoured materials were basic and utilitarian: steel, concrete, brick, and glass. Mies strove toward an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of unobstructed free-flowing open space. He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture. He sought an objective approach that would guide the creative process of architectural design but was always concerned with expressing the spirit of the modern era.

From domestic spaces like the Villa Tugendhat in the Czech Republic to large, elaborate office towers like New York’s Seagram Building, he imbued his buildings with a fluid spatial harmony reflective of his oft-quoted aphorism, “less is more.

Nearly as important as the legacy of his buildings is Mies’s impact as a teacher of architecture. In Germany, he served as the final director of the influential Bauhaus school until its closing under pressure from the Nazis in 1933. Shortly after his arrival in the United States, he was offered the directorship of the Armour Institute in Chicago (later renamed the Illinois Institute of Technology), where he shaped a curriculum that influenced a generation of American architects.

Though in the period after his death many architects rejected his strict formalism in favour of the more eclectic language of postmodernism, his legacy continues to inform the teaching and practice of architecture today.