Interior lessons to learn from Axel Vervoordt

If you don’t know his name the chances are you’ll recognise his interiors.  Described as one of the world’s foremost tastemakers, Belgian Axel Vervoordt is a designer, dealer and curator who has been collecting since the tender age of 14. He only buys pieces that really make an impression on him and believes that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

His portfolio of clients stretches all over the world including everyone from Robert de Niro to Kanye West and it’s not hard to see why. He has a prolific skill in seamlessly combining tradition with modernity, allowing hime to create beautiful harmonious interiors but always with unusual pairings.

Unsurprisingly to frequent Minford readers I’m a massive, massive fan and so I thought I’d share with you some of the key elements that Vervoordt revisits time and again when creating his highly covetable spaces.

“Living with beautiful things makes everyday a feast”.

I couldn’t agree more.


 Cover soft furnishings with slip covers

Nearly all Verdoort’s interior schemes incorporate furniture with washed linen slip covers. The simple and clean lines of the pieces allows them to blend into a room and let us not forget that removable covers have the added bonus of being ever so practical.

Incorporate raw wood

Play with texture and make a bold statement with a carved wooden chair or coffee table. The rougher and more earthy the better.

Mix in contemporary art

 The unexpected addition of  modern art adds clean sharp lines to contrast with the textures of the rest of the interior. It’s a really effective design technique for elevating the overall feeling of a space and giving it both interest and balance.

Create texture on the walls

Vervoordt describes digging up soil from the grounds of his castle and mixing it with lime to paint the walls. If you like the look but think that sounds all a bit messy then check out this wonder paint brand Bauwerk Colour.

Bring the outside inside

Owner of the most covetable summerhouse on the planet. An orangerie in the grounds of his castle, it cleverly incorporates every element I’ve touched on above and then includes an abundance of greenery. I’m suddenly wondering why I don’t have a full height tree inside our garden room.

Axel Vervoordt has written a number of book on interiors which you can see here. His latest book ‘Portraits of Interiors‘ launches on October 31st.

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Slip covers are a great idea! Where can you buy these so they fit the sofa exactly?

Lulu Cottle

I am doing up an old mill in the south of france. Do you know the type of plaster he uses for his scratch coat look? It’s perfect for here a mix of tradition and elegance I am looking for!