Saturday, July 20, 2013


From antiques dealer and interior designer, Axel Vervoordt:

"My father was a horse dealer. Some horses had a difficult character. I'd ride them and break them in, but then my father would sell them. It was a good exercise in learning detachment. I buy what I love, but I have learned not to love anything too much." 

"Approach the purchase of art as though you are a child who has no idea of the value of a piece or what other people say about it. Listen to your intuition and try to feel it. Does it move you?"

"I like things that go right to the essence. This is why I don't like marquetry furniture, which is veneered, or gilded things. I'd rather have a piece of furniture made in a simple wood by shepherds with a natural sense of proportion—people who know how to do a lot with a little."

"Don't buy copies of art. If you can't afford the real thing, go for a walk and find a stone that looks as beautiful as a Brancusi sculpture. You can find amazing things in nature."

"Choosing art and objects is an art in itself. It's about recognizing what is important in society, and where our civilization is going." 

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