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Axel Vervoordt Axel Vervoordt began his career as an art and antiques dealer in the late 1960s, when he meticulously renovated a narrow street with sixteen of the oldest houses in Antwerp. In 1986, his company moved to a castle near Antwerp, where it grew rapidly, and Vervoordt became a major collector and decorator.The foundation of Vervoordt's style is his commitment to making the past a relevant part of today... Full description

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Book of Beauty and One Man's Vision of Style 18 Dec 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Axel Vervoordt is an artist in his own right. A designer and collector of art from all periods of history, he presents here the work of his life's vision - creating spaces where all of the arts from all cultures and timeframes meld into subtle, elegant, harmonious and extraordinarily beautiful spaces.

Vervoordt's keen eye for excellence demonstrates how architectural features of a building/living space are enhanced by a combination of art objects, drawings, paintings, murals, artifacts and bits of nature. The results are page after stunning page of thoughtful, quiet splendor. Mixed with commentary from Vervoordt (with written statements by Meredith Etherington-Smith) and exceptional photography by Laziz Hamani this book goes far beyond the borders of volumes about design. This is a bold and inspiring homage to Style. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, December 05
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Nice Guys Finish First 30 Nov 2002
By Gene Mosher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Every once in a great while a person enters this world who truly makes a difference. Axel is such a person - generous, brilliant, cultured and admired. He works very hard and has endless passion for life and for the joys of his life. This book is a glimpse into what Axel does, into what he lives for. As you read this book and marvel at what heights of artistry, inspiration, then continue on to Axel's web site, at axel-vervoordt.com. You might even be moved to travel to s'Gravenwezel, northeast of Antwerpen, and visit the world he is building there since the mid 60's. It's a wonderful book about a wonderful person.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A true classic 7 Oct 2007
By J. Landau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a true classic and a MUST for anyone interested in antiques or interior design. The beautifully produced tome provides a superb overview of his aesthetic which is highly eclectic, constant only in demanding items of very high quality. His style can incorporate a huge Anish Kapoor sculpture (perhaps circa 1995) with ancient stone Thai carvings, gorgeous Renaissance bronzes and wonderful European furniture. Think Rose Tarlow on steroids. The photography is excellent, almost all color, many full-page, and the scale of the book is appropriately large. Most of the book was photographed in his Belgian chateau which doubles as his gallery.

His taste is not for everyone, but if the eclecticism of a Cy Twombly (a contemporary abstract painter) displayed in a warm wood interior appropriate for 17th C. Amsterdam sounds intriguing, he may be on your wave length. The array of tasteful objects beautifully presented is a key feature of the book. His collection (all of which is always for sale) will no doubt include some superb items which you have really never looked at before; when you read about the object, you may reconsider. His enthusiasm is contagious.

We were very fortunate to first be introduced to Vervoordt at the 1984 Paris Biennale des Antiquaires where his booth, displaying Ming porcelain lost in 1645 in the South China Sea and recently recovered, was the sensation of the Salon. All of that massed blue-and-white in a large booth at the center of the Grand Palais drew lots of attention to the 37-year old Vervoordt and his subsequent success allowed him to restore a magnificent Belgian chateau over the next four years for use as both home and gallery.

Those primarily interested in interior design may find his new book "Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors" more interesting because it shows some twenty homes he has done for clients. But if you only want one book on Vervoordt and if you can afford this out-of-print text, I'd go with the Meredith Etherington-Smith volume.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational and Wonderful! 5 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Five stars are not enough! I have savored every word of this gorgeous book. The philosophy of this remarkable man is truly inspiring--his work is very personal, and seeing it and reading about it are a privilege. Anyone interested in interior design, antiques, or art would benefit from owning a copy of this outstanding, intelligent work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Axel Vervoodt in a Nutshell 20 April 2011
By Celia Tulloch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An engaging and enlightening read, this memoir
introduces Vervoodt the man, antiques dealer
and interior designer to the reader. I thoroughly
enjoyed his philosophy on purchasing items and
decorating spaces. I was especially struck by
his humility. After reading the text and viewing
the accompanying lush images, I came away feeling
as though I completely understood Vervoodt and
his metier.
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