Apr, 15, 2011,
2:02 PM

Mies Award

The winner of Europe’s most prestigious architecture prize was recently announced by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation and the European Commission.

The 2011 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture—Mies van der Rohe Award went to Berlin’s Neues Museum, the stunning reconstruction of which was directed by Sir David Chipperfield.

The biennial award will be formally presented in a ceremony at Mies’ Barcelona Pavilion in June.

Photo by Wolfgang Bittner.

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Apr, 13, 2011,
6:41 PM

LEGO Farnsworth House

Seems like we’ve been waiting for ages for this one!

LEGO has just issued the newest edition of its Architecture series: Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.

Sure to top the wish-list of modernists of all ages, the set features images from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. And tucked in among the 546 pieces are representations of Mies-designed furniture.

Mies Society board president (and blogger extraordinaire), Edward Lifson, did a thorough review of the set. And Chicago Magazine suggests pairing the LEGO Farnsworth House with Architect Barbie.

The Lego version of Mies’ iconic residence was designed by architect Adam Reed Tucker, who appears to have the best job in the world.

Photo from LEGO.

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Apr, 12, 2011,
9:22 AM

Such stuff as dreams are made on

One man’s fantasy is another’s nightmare. A new table by Italian furniture designer, Oji, conjures the decorative beasties via “the pure and spotless linearity of shapes anguished by the demonic temptation of curves.” Reposted from MocoLoco.

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Apr, 4, 2011,
2:28 PM

Birthday party post-mortem

With attendance from a hundred more guests than we were expecting, enthusiastic student participation, many new members, and dozens of old friends—we officially declare this year’s Mies van der Rohe birthday party an overwhelming success. Here are some highlights:

We heard about Mies’ side job as Mortimer Adler’s cat-sitter from very special guest, Phyllis Lambert, who gave a heartfelt toast.

We ate yummy birthday cake from Tipsycake (and we giggled at murmurs of the figure’s likeness to Philip Johnson).

We heard about the history of the Barcelona chair from Michael Jefferson.

We congratulated the winner of our Mess with Mies sculpture contest.

Also: we ran out of food, the bar was mobbed, there was paparazzi for the cake-cutting, and no one wanted the night to end. Rumor has it that the party continued at L2O.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Can’t wait for next year!

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