Biographical Keys of the Work
One of the most beautiful descriptions ever written about Mies’s personality is perhaps found in the first lines of the text that Peter Blake wrote in 1960, with the title: ‘Mies van der Rohe, the master of structure’.
“On almost any day of the week, around lunchtime, a massive man will climb up the delicate white steel and travertine staircase of the Chicago Arts Club. Although he now walks with a limp (due to recurring attacks of arthritis) and, generally, has to lean on a cane, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe seems remarkably nimble for his weight and age. His clothes are extremely elegant; most of his suits were tailored by Knize and make him look slim and agile. He is, indeed, something of a dandy in a subdued way: there is generally a very soft, very expensive handkerchief trailing out of his breast pocket, and he obviously likes fine quality in all his personal belongings”... [+]