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We, the great-grandchildren of Henry van de Velde, are proud to create this platform to showcase van de Velde's heritage and his influence on modern art, architecture and design.

Our goals are to share HVDV’s vision as well as:

- present information on current works
- connect with art historians, researchers, professors, collectors and fans
- support on-going research, writing, and other projects

Van de Velde’s descendants can be found in multiple nations: Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States of America. For more information, see the family tree.

By creating a foundation, we have one body representing all living van de Velde descendants. The Foundation owns the rights and collects fees due for using van de Velde designs and materials. These funds are being used to support a select number of HvdV-related projects and research.  

Please contact us if you would like to submit a grant proposal.

About Us

We are the fourth generation. 

Henry van de Velde was our great grandfather. Our parents, his grandchildren, shared their personal memories of him with us. We knew he was a somewhat well-known architect, as we have visited the houses and buildings he designed and built and we all have a copy of his book in our bookcase. For us, he was and is a very present part of the family, although he died in 1957, before most of us were born.

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the HVDV foundation is to keep his heritage alive for another generation.


We created the HVDV Family Foundation in 2016 to support the current interest in van de Velde by connecting with and assisting others who have been inspired by our great grandfather. 

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Ceramics Exhibition

Currently on display at the Keramik-Museum Bürgel, Germany: Ceramics  from the Weimar School of Applied Arts by Henry van de Velde

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Now available!

A selection of 26 essays by HvdV with the expert guidance of Katherine Kuenzli is now available for purchase.

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New biography out soon

A new critical edition of van de Velde's autobiography for the years 1917-1957 has been published. 

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Villa Esche releases new app

Let Henry van de Velde guide you through 

Villa Esche with the new app released by the museum.

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New dissertation out now

A theoretical reflection on the interrelation between HvdV's theoretical ideas and his work is out now.


Cahier No 17- now available

With the support of the Henry van de Velde foundation Anne van Loo translated cahier no 17 from French to English.

Cahier no 18 - expected early 2024

With the support of the HvdV founation, cahier no 18 is expected to be publihed early 2024. The cahier’s theme is Hôtel Otlet, van de Velde's only "art nouveau" building.


The cahier will be published in French and English and will be made available digitally. We will post more on our website as soon as it is available. 

In memoriam Léon Ploegaerts (1935-2023)

A great van de Velde scholar has died.

Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, Léon Ploegaerts passed away peacefully after a long illness at his home in Montreal on April 25, 2023 at the age of 87.

Read an in memoriam about Prof. Ploegaerts here.

In Memoriam Léon Ploegaerts (1935–2023) 

A great van de Velde scholar has died. 

Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa, Léon Ploegaerts passed away peacefully after a long illness at his home in Montreal on April 25, 2023 at the age of 87. 

Read more about 

Henry van de Velde awards 2023

Each year, Flanders DC hosts the Henry van de Velde awards where Belgian products, projects and services are rewarded for their contribution to the design world. A ceremony announcing the winners took place on 7 February 2023.


Read more about the awards here.

Henry van de Velde Family Foundation

The foundation is registered at the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands under number 66450489.

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