People who sell antique mahogany pedestal desks in Lancashire tend to live fairly modest lives. Not so much for Axel Vervoordt, an acclaimed Belgian antique collector and interior designer, whose home is a beautiful 12th century castle near Antwerp, boasting more than 50 rooms.
Axel Vervoordt has become something of a legend in the world of art and design, but over the past four decades he has also built up a reputation as a collector of antiques and antiquities, which he displays in his castle home. Magically transformed by Axel’s individualistic design talents, the castle is filled with the Vervoordts’ constantly evolving collection of art, antiquities and antique furniture, each room telling a unique story.
Axel recently worked with the Belgian architect Tatsuro Miki, developing a style named after “wabi sabi” a Japanese philosophy embracing the beauty of imperfection and the honesty of humble objects. However, it’s hard to find any imperfections at the Kasteel van ‘s-Gravenwezel, which has been divided into five well defined areas. Egyptian stone vessels and Sung dynasty Buddhas in one place, Renaissance artworks and modern masterpieces in another and so on.
A number of rooms are furnished with exquisite antique furniture, including 19th century English pieces which no doubt represent the humbleness ethic. Or maybe Axel just likes the comfort of a Victorian balloon backed dining chair . If you want some antique dining chairs for your own “Englishman’s castle”, a Preston antique dealer will gladly oblige.
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