Artist and Architect Mies van de Rohe was part of a movement called Bauhaus which aimed to transform art and construction from fanciful to functional. A quick description of van de Rohe’s work would be coined, less is more or God is in the details designs.
van de Rohe greatly influenced the mid and late 20th century through his modern architecture. The 20th century saw enormous change. While the World fought two great wars, it also came together to move from horse and buggies to motorized forms of transportation, we took to the skies and then into space, antibiotics saved millions of people from infectious disease and we brought entertainment into the living room first with the radio and then television.
Growing up, we believed that hard work and ingenuity to conquer all. So, sometimes things just go bigger and fancier. Henry Ford started out with a simple concept to produce an affordable car. Before we knew it, cars were adorned from head to toe with luxurious features like windshields, wipers, and rosebud vases.
Everything followed that same example, you could get the basic, the middle of the road, or luxury edition. Luxury set you apart. Top of the heap, A number one. (to quote Frankie)
Somehow though as we age, you begin to see the foolishness in thinking that luxury is a fancy product. Simple becomes the most desired element in life. Simple and functional is hard to achieve but it can be done.
Luxury/Simplicity becomes more about clean lines and time. Having the time and using it wisely. Less stuff and more time. More time with family and friends. More time to do what you want. Smooth sailing.