Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said this. He also said
Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins.
It is better to be good than to be original.
Less is more.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.

It is accepted that is phrase was first used by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, though is was certainly not invented him. Though his New York Times obituary attributed it to him, the saying also appears to have been a favorite of the art historian Aby Warburg though it is not certain if it originated with him. It has also been linked to Gustave Flaubert as "Le bon Dieu est dans le d├ętail". There has also arisen the saying 'The devil is in the details', a darker corollary to this.

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