Interior Design

Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors

Seventeen homes demonstrate how Axel Vervoordt incorporates nature, art, and timeless interiors to create living spaces that encourage self-reflection, inspiration, and happiness.

For a half century, Axel Vervoordt's vision has been defined by a continual quest for harmony, beauty, and the creation of interior atmospheres that are rooted in the past, connected to the future, and imbued with today's comforts. These eighteen residences--from an urban New York penthouse or Moscow apartment to a waterfront estate in New England, and from a Tokyo dwelling to a Bordeaux wine château or a Wabi-Sabi farmhouse--reveal how art complements architecture and the elements of nature in an alchemy of Vervoordt expression. Portraits of each residence--including the Vervoordts' own homes in Venice and Belgium--feature sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape and a tour through the interiors. Each detail--from the materials used to the graceful placement of a well-chosen object--offers deep insight into the Vervoordt design approach and abiding principles for living and working well.

About The Author

Axel Vervoordt is a collector, antiquarian, designer, and curator. His previous books include Timeless Interiors, Wabi Inspirations, Living with Light, and Stories and Reflections.
Michael James Gardner contributed to Living with Light, At Home with May and Axel Vervoordt, and Stories and Reflections.
Laziz Hamani contributed to Wabi Inspirations and Living with Light.

  • Publish Date: November 05, 2019
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12
  • Pages: 320
  • US Price: $75.00
  • CDN Price: $95.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020375-5


"Master of minimalism Axel Vervoordt has been crafting refined interiors for half a century, along the way snapping up A-list clients including Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. His latest book features 18 standout residences (two of which are his own), among them a converted 17th-century military barrack complete with its own Japanese minka." —GALERIE MAGAZINE

"Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors by Michael Gardner (Flammarion) features 18 homes that the Belgian designer has created using his minimalist aesthetic. Whether used in a Tokyo apartment or a New England mansion, the designer’s signature interiors are always light-filled, modern and compelling." —FORBES.COM 

“Consider this lavish hardback tome beyond the average coffee table topper.” —Hollywood Reporter

“Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors, newly published by Flammarion is one of the most exciting new fall season design and architecture books. It’s a beautiful book that is a call to action for designers and architects, art collectors, and design lovers.” —The Style Saloniste

Portraits of Interiors … celebrates 50 years of a design ethos that sees the home as an oasis fostering a sense of wellbeing. The book is a testament to the way a natural palette can elevate and enrich an interior space, illustrated through a series of private family homes where, Vervoordt says, ‘even when the design is minimal, there is warmth.’”
Financial Times, How to Spend It
“Axel Vervoordt’s latest monograph, Portraits of Interiors, lovingly paints precisely that: intimate views into some of the Belgian designer’s most masterful projects.”
Architectural Digest, “15 New Interior Design Books We Can’t Wait to Dive Into This Fall
“Whether used in a Tokyo apartment or a New England mansion, the designer’s signature interiors are always light-filled, modern and compelling.”
Forbes, “Holiday Gift Guide 2019: The Top Photography And Design Books
“Creating spaces that encourage self-reflection but foster a sense of joy is at the core of Axel Vervoordt’s work. … His style is universally loved with a devoted following of A-list clients as varied as Calvin Klein and Bill Gates. Creating interiors that incorporate nature and art has been his life’s passion for half a century and, in this new book, Portraits of Interiors by Michael James Gardner, his work is explored through 17 recently designed homes.”—Homes & Gardens
“With the guiding belief that a home should be ‘a personal expression of your soul’, acclaimed designer and collector Axel Vervoordt creates timeless, restful spaces. Axel’s latest book – Portraits of Interiors published by Flammarion, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Axel Vervoordt Company – features 17 of his recently-designed projects, all private family homes. ‘Each place shows a lifestyle built around the owner’s family, created with their dreams in mind and based on the way they want to live,’ he says.
The design of each home – from a riverside home in Kerala to an Ibizan island retreat, a city palace in Antwerp and a country estate in Surrey – reflects its unique setting with a sense of serenity.” —The Home Page (
“Seventeen recently designed residences—each defined by Axel Vervoordt’s shared dialogue between architecture, nature and art—reveal the perfect alchemy of Vervoordt expression in Axel Vervoordt: Portraits of Interiors. Featuring two of the designer’s own homes, the spaces encourage self-reflection and happiness.”  —Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Author Bookshelf: Michael Gardner

Author Bookshelf: Laziz Hamani