Monday, April 07, 2008

A venetian Pied a Terre

A Venetian pied a terre. Belgian, Axel Vervoordt is an antique collector, art dealer, interior decorator and a man of great taste. His charming Venetian pied a terre is situated on the piano nobile in the fifteenth century Palazzo Alvera. He is photographed in front of an Italian walnut commode with a collection of modern polydres on top and a round disc on the wall, which was formerly a tabletop. Vervoordt’s taste spans centuries, continents and economic strata, and his profound knowledge of this history of fine and applied arts has led him to create spaces in which his juxtaposition of objects from vastly different eras and cultures makes a strong and impressive statement on present and future interior taste.

The sitting room. Because antique furniture often lacks comfort, Axel Vervoordt has created his own line of sofas, chairs, tables and lamps. The collection is characterized by the mixture of modern leisure and harmonious proportions. Their unpretentious sober design and outstanding craftsmanship endow these furnishings with timeless quality. Two Brian sofas, from Axel Vervoodt’s collection, face each other in the sitting room. Using old wood and a modern iron base, Axel also designed the low rectangular coffee tables. The walls are painted with chalk and natural pigments in a warm terracotta color.
Note: Again, note the candles that give a warm and cozy glow.

A detail of the living room. The comfortable sofa is designed by Axel Vervoordt and is named Brian, it is upholstered in white cotton fabric. The original Palazzo floor was covered by Axel in poplar wood.

The living room. In the middle of the living room, which is sometimes also used as an alternative dining area, the oval table holds a milieu de table with modern rock crystal candlesticks designed by Axel Vervoordt.
Note: Axel likes to lighten a room with lots of candles, which give a nice light and warm ambience at night.

The loggia. The loggia of Palazzo Alvera, built in the fifteenth century, looks out onto a courtyard with a gigantic Sofora Japonica tree that reaches up past the first floor.
Note: The curtains are rolled up to have more sunlight coming in.

The dinning room. The long Swedish pine table takes up most of the dining room. The terracotta covered chairs are original Italian eighteenth century chairs from Piemonte. All the chairs are upholstered in cotton-linen fabric. It is May Vervoordt that selects all the fabrics and creates soft furnishings for all of Axel’s interior design projects. She takes her inspiration from her superb collection of antique textiles.

The “office”. A corner of the dinning room is reserved for business. This small table looks out onto the loggia where a cocktail party is taking place.

The good luck table. In Italy, peperoncini and pomegranates bring good luck. On the eighteenth century Italian console, this pretty polychrome “good luck” composition was created by Axel’s wife May. As always, candles, candles, candles set the mood, they sit in French silver candelabras.
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