De­sign Mixol­ogy

As he nears his 20th an­niver­sary in the de­sign in­dus­try, home in two cities and the world in which the past and the present meet

Red Magazine - - News - AS TOLD TO BAMBINA OLIVARES WISE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY EDRIC CHEN

Max­i­mal­ism is mak­ing a come­back, but for Bel­gian in­te­rior ar­chi­tect Gert Voor­jans, now based in both Paris and An­twerp and whose first Philip­pine project is the pri­vate mem­bers club Manila House, it never re­ally went away. His take on max­i­mal­ist de­sign is warm and witty, fea­tur­ing so­phis­ti­cated lay­er­ing, bold col­ors, and an au­da­ciously care­free yet wellthought out mix of pe­ri­ods, tex­tures, ac­ces­sories, and fab­rics.

“I was of­fered a unique op­por­tu­nity with Ar­chi­tec­tural Digest France to do a show, which they nor­mally do only with French peo­ple, to pro­mote the arts and crafts of France. They in­vited me to come over to La Mon­naie on the Seine, the beau­ti­ful old build­ing with his­tor­i­cal rooms, and gave me a room to dec­o­rate. That was such a suc­cess that I de­cided to bring the booth—the whole ex­hi­bi­tion—into a won­der­ful 18th cen­tury, early 19th cen­tury apart­ment in the 8th ar­rondis­e­ment in Paris. I de­cided that this would add an­other dy­namic, an­other vibe, an­other stage to my ca­reer. And let’s face it: Paris is only two hours by train from An­twerp, so I kept my of­fice there. My as­sis­tant can eas­ily come over for meet­ings.

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