Google Doodle Honors Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale is perhaps the best known furniture maker in history, born in Otley, Yorkshire, 1718. He died in London in 1779. Today, as an homage to his 295th birthday, Google U.K. has honored him with a very special doodle.

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Chippendale born into a family of Yorkshire carpenters. Details of his early career are unknown but in 1748, aged 30, he moved to London where he set up as a cabinet-maker, married and had a large family.

In 1754 he published The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, a pattern book that was to secure his position as one of the most eminent cabinet-makers of the 18th century. Chippendale’s workshop was on St Martins Lane, the newly fashionable centre of the furniture making trade in London.

From there he undertook many large-scale furnishing projects for grand houses throughout Britain. In the 18th century there was an increasing demand for luxury goods. Chippendale’s published a catalogue which provided 160 engravings of fashionable furniture designs to choose from.

Published by subscription, The Director was an instant success. It was reissued in 1755, and again in 1762 with additional plates in the new Neo-classical style. Subscribers included aristocrats and cabinet-makers.

Shrewd publicity brought Chippendale many lucrative commissions. His firm supplied all manner of furnishings and household equipment. So influential were his designs, in Britain and throughout Europe and America, that ‘Chippendale’ became a shorthand description for any furniture similar to his Director designs.

Despite his success, Chippendale never received a significant royal commission, unlike some of the other cabinet-makers in St Martin’s Lane.

Here is a link to Google U.K. homepage.

Doodle History

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

How did the idea for doodles originate?

In 1998, before the company was even incorporated, the concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey placed a stick figure drawing behind the second “o” in the word, Google. This was intended as a comical message to Google users that the founders were “out of office” While the first doodle was relatively simple, the idea of decorating the company logo to celebrate notable events was born.

Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked the then current webmaster Dennis Hwang to produce a doodle for Bastille Day. It was so well received by our users that Dennis was appointed Google’s chief doodler and doodles started showing up more and more regularly on the Google homepage.

In the beginning they mostly celebrated familiar holidays; nowadays, they highlight a wide array of events and anniversaries from the The 1st Drive-In Movie to the the educator Maria Montessori.

As doodles have continued to grown, embrace new technologies, and experiment in different artistic mediums, the creation of doodles is now the responsibility of a team of talented illustrators and engineers.

How many doodles has Google done over the years?

The team has created over 1500 doodles for the homepages around the world... And counting! You can see them all at

Who chooses what doodles will be created and how do you decide which events will receive doodles?

A group of Googlers get together regularly to brainstorm and decide which events will be celebrated with a doodle. The ideas for the doodles come from numerous sources including Googlers and Google users. The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation.

Who designs the doodles?

The doodle team consists of a group of illustrators and engineers behind each and every doodle you see.

How can Google users/the public submit ideas for doodles?

The doodle team is always excited to hear ideas from users – you can email with ideas for the next Google doodle.