Belgian Designer Henry van de Velde celebrated in Google Doodle

April 3 2013

Today Google devoted its Google doodle on its European pages to Henry Van de Velde, a famous architect from Ghent. As april 3rd is the 150th birthday of this Flemish painter, architect and interior designer.

The doodle itself was designed by François Schuiten. In 2003 he also created a Van de Velde post stamp collection. Schuiten explains his design for the doodle:

  • ‘G’ stands for his pictural and pointillistic period
  • ‘O’ stands for his graphic work, the drafsman of Arts and Crafts
  • ‘O represents his designs for furniture and utensils
  • ‘G’ stands for the architect and his designs like the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris
  • ‘L’ represents the Boekentoren of Ghent University, below the artistic designs for the Belgian Railways
  • ‘E’ stands for the gate to another world

Some of his work:

Henry Clemens van de Velde was a painter, architecture and interior designer

Henry Clemens van de Velde was a painter, architecture and interior designer

Henry Clemens van de Velde was a painter, architecture and interior designer

Henry Clemens van de Velde was a painter, architecture and interior designerHenry Clemens van de Velde was a painter, architecture and interior designer