Politics become personal
World War I changed everything for Henry van de Velde. As a Belgian, he was associated with the enemy and felt isolated. In 1914, he gave up his job in Weimar. Few friends remained by his side during this time, but one exception was the Dürckheim family, for whom he had built this villa. During World War I, the lady of the house collected 170,000 marks to keep van de Velde in Weimar.