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Axel in New York

I Love Belgium is all about Belgian talent, and even more when that talent goes abroad! A perfect example of that is interior architect/antique dealer/ gallerist Axel Vervoordt's recently finished design for Robert De Niro’s penthouse in TriBeCa NYC

The academy-award winning actor wanted to totally refurbish his newly bought penthouse located on the roof of TriBeCa-Hotel in Greenwich Village in New York. For this prestigious project De Niro scanned the World to find the right designer for his beloved 2,800-square-foot penthouse and the choice fell on the famous Axel Vervoordt. The actor went to Antwerp in person to ask Axel to take on this prestigious yet massive project. In 2010 Axel Vervoordt and his Japanese colleague Tatsuro Miki began the remake of this enormous three-bedroom apartment.

Four years later – Axel could add Robert De Niro to the list of homes of celebrities he has designed, an impressive list including names like Sting and Kanye West. The overall theme of the penthouse and rooftop garden of 4,000 square meters is deeply rooted in the Japanese philosophy of Wabi. Needless to say, the materials in the penthouse is merely of the finest caliber, and together with unique details like the iron fire grate that is fashioned by joist hangers from the original structure of the Louvre in Paris, this penthouse is thought-through of every inch. Wood is also a significant material used in the penthouse with a massive bed-top of beautiful walnut as an example.

But why try to describe beauty when we can show you…? Enjoy!

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