Axel Vervoordt is an iconic and internationally acclaimed interior designer, furniture designer and art & antiques collector, well-known for the incredible respect and distinctive use, throughout all his work, of the Japanese movement, wabi sabi.
A Japanese phrase derived from two distinct roots – ‘wabi’ means simplicity and ‘sabi’ refers to the on-going movement of time – an aesthetic concept that transcends conventional design. A philosophy that celebrates the beauty found in imperfection. Quiet and slow, it observes cracks, ageing and above all, authenticity; an attitude that iconic Belgium interior designer, Axel Vervoordt has adhered to all his life.
An interior designer of incredible eye and influence, Axel Vervoordt has been inspired by the essence of wabi sabi since a boy. Focussing on depth and history and never swayed by the decorative or superficial, his interior designs and enigmatic touch have grown his name and business into a design empire.
He continues to inspire and introduce wabi sabi in his latest creation – the penthouse and spa at The Greenwich Hotel, NYC.
The three-bedroom penthouse sitting atop The Greenwich Hotel in New York is an oasis of tranquillity, understatement and humility; an incredible architectural and design feat considering its position, floating amid a city that knows little of this.
Collaborating again with famed Japanese architect, Tatsuro Miki, Axel Vervoordt and he have created a world apart from the city that never sleeps.
Sparsely decorated, with a tiny, cave-like kitchen and a rolling farm door for the bathroom (insisted upon by the manager - it was designed without) this 2,800-square-foot penthouse is a space suffused with stories.
Captivating in its intelligent simplicity and architectural intent, The Greenwich Hotel's Shibui spa is no different, housed within a 250-year-old Japanese barn shipped over from Japan and put up without the use of one screw or nail.
Adhering to the essence of wabi sabi itself, the creation of this New York penthouse and hotel spa took a long, long time; but afforded it by co-owners Robert De Niro and Ira Drukier, it is self evident that each element, every design detail and architectural angle, each crack, was well worth the wait.