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“The renowned antiques dealer and interior designer, celebrated for fashioning refined spaces that present a mix of contemporary art and Old Masters, has compiled this gorgeous book examining the importance of light and space.” ~Architectural Digest

"His previous book, Timeless Interiors, has become a cult classic. His new one, Living With Light will surely give devotees another case of the vapors. Vervoordt is drawn to antiques with great character, and he gives them ample, nearly worshipful room to shine." ~The New York Times

"Axel Vervoordt's new book Living With Light is simply stunning. It features page after page of perfectly edited spaces with a few key accessories, gorgeous detailing and art. I love how he takes such a simple nuetral space above and gives it a unexpected pop with those lucite coffee tables. This gorgeous book is one I will turn to again and again if only to dream of having a space like this." ~AStylistsLife.com

“…Vervoordt continues to dazzle with his seeming simplicity…but in reality, it’s a forceful commitment to absolute harmony and beauty.” ~PaperCity

"...Axel Vervoordt is the designer that other designers bow down to time and again. His style is simple and spare but mixes antiques and modern pieces perfectly." ~Habitually Chic

“…calm yet eclectic interiors lavished with natural light…” ~New York Cottages & Gardens

“This is an elegant, sophisticated, refined book. Add this to your collection of design books, and look at it as a master class in restraint and depth, and how the play of light works in shaping a design.” ~thevisualvamp.blogspot
 
“This inspiring and higly expressive volume is a series of interiors around the world—that present very clearly the concept of light and their effect on interiors.” ~Style on Salonist
 
"Axel Vervoordt: Living with Light
is truly a standout. His ability to mix the old with the new into gorgeous and harmonius interiors is truly on display here and it’s a much needed text book for any interior designer who wishes to study a rare master of European design.” ~Chameleon-interiors.blogspot

About the Author

Axel Vervoordt is an internationally acclaimed antiques and art collector and dealer based in Belgium. He has organized numerous exhibitions around the world, including several at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice. Michael Gardner is an American writer and essayist whose work has been published in various anthologies and American literary journals. He contributed to At Home with May and Axel Vervoordt: Recipes for Every Season (Flammarion, 2012). Laziz Hamani is a photographer who has worked on prestigious advertising campaigns. Several exhibitions have been devoted to his work as an artist. His photographs appeared in Axel Vervoordt: The Story of a Style and in Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations (Flammarion, 2010).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 208020159X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080201591
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.3 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone who cares about minimalism, over-the-top decoration, and outstanding photography, this is a great book. I could imagine myself happy in most of these houses. Location, architecture, art and decoration - all indicate that the clients had almost infinite financial resources, and advisors of the highest quality.

As a source of inspiration for decoration, the book was useless to me: Every aspect, including architecture, art work, design and materials of interiors, is out of reach by many orders of magnitude. We don't live in a Belgian castle, don't have any ancient sculptures from China, Egypt or Rome, or grand bookcases from the 18th century. We tend to want to cook, eat and sit, entertain guests, watch TV some time, have lighting which works at night, and occasionally tackle the mess of papers/cats/plants. Any such mess would feel like a sacrilege in Vervoordt's interiors.

Studying this book gave me great pleasure; I loved most of the interiors, and dreamed how it would feel to own or rent these places. I usually manage to get this type of pleasure from visiting the Metropolitan or the MOMA (and other museums). If esthetic pleasure is what you seek, I recommend this book highly.
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Gorgeous, quiet, calming and inspirational. It helps to have exquisite items to deploy in beautiful rooms, but as Andy Goldsworthy has shown, even something as pedestrian as rocks can be made into art.
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Effortless elegance and simplicity. An inspirational, philosophical perspective on interior design. I would highly recommend this compilation to anyone striving for an elevated, yet subtle approach to creating serene, but dynamic spaces.
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Quite simply, a fantastic book with wonderful ideas and glorious pictures. Any reader will find there are interesting things that can be done by combining light and decorating.
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By Scott on February 8, 2014
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I'm never disappointed by Mr Vervoordt! Beautiful interiors, photographs and book. We all should live so minimal yet extravagant! Maybe his best for me.
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Stunning architecture ideas and photography with great inspirations for many different type of renovation projects. Or, just a beautiful book to be enjoyed on its own merits. A great gift for friends in design or art.
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It is an adventure for the reader to be able to have a look into these interiors where space and light are the major ingredients to create a special sense of harmony. Text by Michael Gardner. Photography by Laziz Hamani
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great photos,
luxurious interiors that are not boring like fancy interiors can sometimes be-
Beautiful work, great colors, very nice
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