Axel Vervoordt may now be known as one of the most influential art dealers and interior designers in the world, he began modestly. At fourteen, he bought all antiques that he found in the attics of friends of his parents. He also went every year on vacation to England, where he treasures found. Later he sold it to friends of his mother on koffienamiddagen.
He earned so early what own (pocket)money, so that he is at his 21st, his first real big purchase could do. With some extra borrowed money from his father who in horses acted, he bought in 1968, sixteen dilapidated 15th-century houses in the Antwerp Vlaeykensgang. He saved them literally from demolition and restored them into a house and antique shop. It was to say that instant love at first sight with the Medieval buildings. The name Vervoordt was despite his young age, immediately fixed in vastgoedkringen. The houses are until the day of today, still in his hands.
From then on it went to him more and more for the wind. Together with his spouse, May he put more on antiques and, thanks to his nose for good projects and products, his business at an alarming rate one of the largest in the world. In 1984 bought Vervoordt the originally medieval castle of ‘s Gravenwezel, restored it, brought there are always larger antiekstock in and built it immediately to have a home for himself and his family. “I didn't want to shop, but the display pieces in a nice environment,” he told about it in his book ‘At Home With May & Axel Vervoordt’.
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