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Axel Vervoordt has a unique way to say "thank you" to nature. His work revolves around the Japanese philosophy Wabi-Sabi. In its literal sense, Wabi advocates for simplicity and humility, the rejection of all that is superfluous or artificial. Sabi is the serene, unworried beauty of things that have come to age.

The elements of a Wabi-Sabi space often appear simple or rustic and show signs of a long life; a reminder of the transience and imperfection of all things. The natural materials and time-worn objects that evoke the essence of Wabi-Sabi are the elements that inspire Vervoordt aesthetics and work and, at the same time, convey a feel of quietude and calm.

As Vervoordt put it, “a key aspect of Wabi is the effect a well-designed space has on the psychological well-being of the occupant.” 

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