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Wabi style
My first vivid memories of Axel Vervoordt were of tall arched rooms

in a Venetian palazzo glittering beneath its crystal chandeliers, 19th century

frescos, the classical Palladian style loggia a watery refection in the dining

room’s muli-paned mirrored wall.  Baroque sconces, curvy French and

Italian antiques were offset by spare tables, and simple slipcovered shapes.

Centuries echoed along the shadows of the walls.  Over the years I’ve always

adored how Axel juxtaposes precious antiques with simple hand worked pieces…

the unifying concept being one of authenticity.  In his latest book,  Wabi Style,

Axel defines and celebrates this ancient Japanese concept of simplicity,

authenticity, reveling in the beauty and transience of imperfection.

Since my early years I have always been compelled by the belief that

all beauty is imperfect, incomplete, and impermanent-as transitory as

life itself.


Wabi Style
The photography of Laziz Hamani captures minute details from roughly hewn

wood tables…and humble pottery…to the lilting script on hand made paper…

The art of human endeavor…the connection with the natural world…

Wabi Style

The pages are matte, the images simple and strong…

A departure from Axel’s earlier books, there are no bits of rococo,

rouge, no flicker of gilt…but every gorgeous shade of metal and earth with subtle

mossy greens and sky blues thrown in for measure…

The darkness has depth and texture…

revealing the complexity behind simple…

The lightness is ethereal…

Wabi Style


I have learned that the original spirit of Wabi evolved

out of the fundamental values prized by Zen monks who sought solace

and contentment in simplicity, purity, restraint, and humility.

A deeply philosophical piece of visual poetry…

It will resonate for all of us that appreciate

that one of a kind find, that piece with a connection,

who are intrigued by and treasure the flaws…

Wabi Inspirations

Axel Vervoordt