Axel Vervoordt and Michael James Gardner
April 2018, 312 pages
At the age of 67, international Belgian interior and product designer Axel Vervoordt has at long last written a memoir on a life well lived. Known for his unique and effortless minimalist interiors, he has garnered a worldwide following, and his personal home and reconstruction of a village in Antwerp is the stuff of design legend. Notable projects include actor Robert De Niro’s Manhattan penthouse and the interiors of Ira Drukier’s Greenwich Hotel. A fixture on the global art and antique scene, Vervoordt is widely considered one of the most esteemed dealers and curators in the world. Readers are privy to recollections and stories of the people who influenced his life and shaped his work from patrons, friends and clients to artists and mentors. Personal musings on visits from Rudolf Nureyev to his castle, his first Magritte purchase and tales of his legendary Venice exhibitions dot the pages of his fourth book.