While I don’t really expect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe to be doing a whole lot of celebrating today, it is great to know that his designs have lived on and become loved classics that are famous the world over.
Whether it’s something like the, much-copied and forged, Barcelona Chair…
Or the Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology (said to be his crowning achievement) that today’s Google Doodle is based on…
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was, and continues to be, a master of Modern, minimalist, “skin and bones” architecture.
There was a time when investors actively sought out fine French furniture and collected it as a form of investing. In the late 1990′s, the attention switched from gaudy French furniture to the sleek and cool stylings of mid-century masters like Ray and Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia and descendants of the European Bauhaus movement. This was mainly because of the internet boom that these years saw, but also because this boom increased the wealth of much-younger investors who wanted something more streamlined and less stuffy.
As an article from CNBC titled Sitting on a Small Fortune states, these people weren’t “interested in filling their Silicon Valley mansions with museum pieces; these inventors of the future wanted a look that that leaned forward.”
It raises a good point that people should take into consideration when buying pieces like an Eames Lounge Chair or a Saarinen Table and face sticker shock, you’re not just buying a chair or a table at that point. You are taking your hard-earned money and really investing it in something that has value and can even be passed down like a family heirloom. The key is to do your research and always make sure you’re buying an authorized and authentic product.
(By the way, if you are looking to do some “alternative investing” don’t forget that this is the last weekend of the Herman Miller Holiday Sale!)
Born (Florence Schust) in 1917, Florence was just 15 years of age when she began spending summers in Finland with world renowned architect Eliel and Loja Saarinen. While a young student at the Kingswood School on the campus of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Florence Knoll Bassett became a protegée of Eliel Saarinen. Read more