This was the motto of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, an advocate of minimalism in architecture. What is less complicated is often better understood and appreciated than what is more complicated. Simplicity is preferable to complexity, less is more.
As far as architectural aphorisms go, Mies van der Rohe's 'Less is More' seems to succinctly define a modernist ethic. What's less well known however, is that van der Rohe wasn’t actually the originator of the phrase, even if it did come to be inextricably linked with him. The pithy observation was, in fact, given its first airing by Peter Behrens, a godfather figure to the young Mies who he drafted in to work on aspects of the AEG Turbine Factory in Berlin, between 1907 and 1910.
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