August 9th, 2013
Whenever I feel dull or uninspired I’ll most likely end up in a bookshop. That’s how I stumbled last week on Interior Life covering the work of interior designer Gert Voorjans. When the book came out last year I had made a mental note to purchase a copy yet over the past months had strangely forgotten all about it. Until that gloomy Wednesday when I walked into Copyright.
Then there is the content: a moodboard highlighting different topics and projects mixed with inspirational and remarkable quotes from Diana Vreeland to Leonardo Da Vinci or even Kermit the frog (“It’s not easy being green”- I bet it isn’t!).
This is exactly what I appreciate the most about his impressive body of work (think several Dries van Noten stores, the shoeshop Coccodrillo or a private appartement for Mick Jagger): the mix and matching, the high and the low, the exquisite and the imperfect or as he states himself: “I like strange objects, excessive proportions, monstrosities too. You shouldn’t take interior design too seriously.” Trained as an architect this sounds like a breath of fresh air to me. Between you and I the discipline and some of it’s players take themself often far too seriously.
Even if you don’t share the same taste or aesthetic just flick through the book and allow yourself to be inspired by the basic principle of not playing save and to be exuberant. Next time when you are considering purchasing another mid century modern piece or are painting all your interior walls white why not consider the path less travelled for a change.
Pour la petite histoire I have to add he is the best dressed man I have ever met. As his architecture practise is close to where I work (and Antwerp is a teeny tiny town) I happen to cross him once in a while: always in an impeccable tailored suit with an exquisite taste in shoes. A true modern day dandy, bold with a touch of eccentricity just as his work.
pictures 1 to 8 by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com
portrait by Marcel Lennartz found here