1843 in Berlin Ihlenburg was born interest in drawing and engraving very early in his childhood. He was recorded around the age of fourteen type foundry in Berlin as an apprentice in the Trowitzsch & son. He went shortly after the end of their apprenticeships to Dresden, later as engraver to Prague, where he began to work the Foundry as an engraver for the G. Haase. A year later he took up a post in three different foundries temporarily: Flinsch in Frankfurt/Main, the Battenburg Foundry (later Gustav Majeur) in Paris and the Foundry Basler in Berlin.
Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple blossom, the toiling workhorse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever brooding hills, remain for ages; the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies in a twinkling. It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.
[Louis H. Sullivan; 1856 – 1924]
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But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.
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