In search of inspiration, we studied the elements of nature.
In search of renewal, we turned toward the light.
In search of oneself, we yearned for home. - Michael Gardner
Once we believe in ourselves,
we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight,
or any experience that reveals the human spirit. - E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)
Seeing is feeling with the eyes.
Embrace the light. —Axel Vervoordt
Axel Vervoordt " Living with Light" is one of the most inspiring books of design I have seen in quite a long time... Axel Vervoordt's work continues to reduce rooms to their very essence, without the expense of the human touch, soul, and his imagination. Photography is by Laziz Hamani and the text by Michael Gardner... Where do we begin? At the beginning I suppose, but perhaps we've known all along? That is our biggest fear, and our greatest hope... Books like this give us this gift of seeing the light. Thank you Axel. - David John
© Axel Vervoordt: Living with Light by Axel Vervoordt, Flammarion, 2013.
Images are © Laziz Hamani, used with permission of publisher.
"The inspired interiors featured in this book convey the concepts that compel the Vervoordt design team most, including time, space, and a strong luminous presence. Whether a historic estate in the country or modern home in the city, these projects are united by stories told through the serenity and sensibility of light. The Vervoordt Company creates a refreshing sense of awakening—with soft light, a clean palette, and arrangements of collected objects—that capture a pure and peaceful energy. Photographer Laziz Hamani brings into focus the details and carefully constructed interiors that form each striking setting and mood, many of which exhibit a tranquility that can be traced to the Vervoordt appreciation of Japanese Zen."
."Art is the elimination of the unnecessary."
- Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)
Images are © Laziz Hamani
A mentor once told me that one of the pleasures of books is that they satisfy one of our fundamental curiosities: “We read in order to find out how other people think.” I believe that. I also believe that a very similar logic applies to the beauty of a book like this one. Driven by a cautious curiosity, we review these pages with a desire to learn how an interior designer thinks, and to enter the private lives of others to see how they live. It’s a window into the minds and lives of others, with the purpose of sharing experiences, knowledge, and light. - Michael Gardener
All photography, quotes and text taken from the "Living with Light," with permission of publisher.
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