Sunday, 30 October 2011

Axel Vervoordt - legend of the interior design

I do not know if you have ever heard of the castle that is situated in small Belgium and considered to be one of the legends of interior design. 
To be really honest before I started studying interior design I had never heard of Mr Vervoordt.
Mr Vervoordt is a businessmen, designer, antique collector and a very big name in the interior world. 
Biggest stars like Madonna, Sting, royal families come to shop for the best taste at the caste. 

 In 1986, Axel and May Vervoordt purchased the Castle of ‘s-Gravenwezel, a 50-room castle situated just outside of Antwerp. 
The castle, parts of which date as far back as the 12th century, was rebuilt from 1740 on as a contemporary country mansion by the eminent Antwerp architect Jan-Pieter van Baurscheit the Younger, who kept the original medieval castle intact and changed the castle’s appearance into a fascinating mix of 15th and 18th century architectural styles. Adapted by Bauerscheit. 

Two times a year Axel Vervoordt castle is open for visitors. People from all over the world come here to see the castle turn into a special Xmas or summer atmosphere. 
For the interior lovers it's a great opportunity to gain some inspiration as well.
The open days of this year are:

  • 25, 26 and 27 November 2011
  • 2, 3 and 4 December 2011
Price: euro 15,- per person 

Before visiting the castle, do not forget to check out Het Kanaal.

Het Kanaal at Wijnegem is a former distillery complex consisting of several large brick-and-concrete industrial warehouses with adjoining grain silos originally constructed in the late 19th century
In 2000, the Axel Vervoordt Company purchased the site and transformed the setting into the perfect location for exposition rooms, offices, warehouses and restoration workshops.

In the lofty industrial rooms of Kanaal, Axel Vervoordt furthered his ideas of how we might wish to live in the 21st century: the enormous spaces, the total purity, the lack of decoration, just the necessary architecture and inspiring objects and art. In these rough, empty spaces an old piece of furniture becomes like a contemporary piece of art.

Currently, Vervoordt r.e. is converting the site of Kanaal into an authentic cultural and residential island amidst a wealth of art and nature. This new “City in the Country” will also house a museum destined to present the art collection of the Vervoordt Foundation


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