• Virginia Toupin

Axel Vervoordt, World Renowned Interior Designer and Member of the AD100 Hall of Fame.

Axel Vervoordt is a Belgian interior designer and antique and art dealer who is a member of the AD100 Hall of Fame and sought after interior designer of the rich and famous. Vervoordt's clients include a few notable personalities such as: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Robert De Niro, Bill Gates, Sting and Calvin Klein. He has an interior design studio, and a private foundation called the Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation and art galleries in Antwerp and Hong Kong.


In the 1970s and 80s he mainly focused on his antique-dealing business. This business evolved to become an empire. In the last quarter of 2020, the French Ministry of Culture has named him an Officier des Arts et des Lettres, a distinction bestowed upon those “who have made significant contributions to furthering the arts throughout the world,” according to a press statement.


Given the current pandemic, Vervoordt received his Officier insignia during a small ceremony at Gravenwezel castle, a medieval estate outside Antwerp that the Vervoordts have called home since the mid-1980s. The honor was presented by Hélène Farnaud-Defromont, the ambassador of France in Belgium.

In relation to Vervoordt's fascination with reviving antiques, he said during the intimate ceremony. “Old art can be a source of inspiration for the future and contemporary art—definitely as well—creates a new civilization. I consider it as an important task to understand art and to make others understand it.” To see more of Vervoordt in action watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6v9VOy1NgY

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