Axel Vervoordt – Known as the maestro of minimalism and his belief in Wabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy, Axel Vervoordt design, and antique empire is marked by unique decor that cements an organic approach to design, fusing nature’s elements with respect to its existing environments. His finesse for earthy hues and soft-toned interiors exude a palpable sense of harmony, combining modern design’s austerity with an acknowledgement of time. Vervoordt’s business now consists of interior design practice, and antiquaire, a private foundation, as well as art galleries in Antwerp and Hong Kong.
The Axel Vervoordt Gallery Hong Kong is an extension of the existing gallery in Antwerp. It offers a complementary program of specially commissioned works and will be an important platform for internationally renowned artists to participate in the radically-changing art scene in Asia.
This project is a story of probing and passion: bought in 2013, the Kardashian West family together with Axel Vervoordt (and with the input of more interior designers) spent 6 years in the metamorphosis of the house from suburban McMansion to futuristic Belgian monastery. The initial attraction for the musician and the designer was centered on a signature Axel Vervoordt Design—a Floating Stone table with rounded edges that seemed to encapsulate the seductive simplicity and wabi-sabi aesthetics that pervade the designer’s oeuvre.
In practical terms, the best way to describe the house is by Kanye’s words: “The proportions are the decoration” since the house is the epiphany of minimalism and echoes a luminous, off-white plaster color scheme and accented with other pale natural materials.
Inquiries into the nature of being and concepts of time and space are what most compel him; he conveys his views through his inspired arrangements of objects and interiors. To some, expressing the lofty in the material might seem contradictory, but Axel Vervoordt believes that, as in a Zen Koan, the truth can be contained in paradox and ambiguity. Clients may go to him in search of a splendid antique armoire or for help renovating and furnishing an 18th-century villa, but the most valuable service they receive is an instruction in his highly evolved yet quite fundamental philosophy of living.