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
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.