It was a night to celebrate the art of design. The LongHouse Reserve honored Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt at its New York City winter benefit on March 28.
LongHouse, in East Hampton, is a 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden. The property highlights work by Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, and William de Kooning, among many others. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, it exemplifies curated living, with art in all forms.
The benefit kicked off with a champagne cocktail reception at the Hearst building. A design presentation by Vervoordt followed, articulating his theories about art, light, and space.
“Axel Vervoordt is a non-conformist, which is dear to my heart,” declared Larsen. “He’s a modernist who embraces every period. He does not use his rooms for modern furniture, but for the best furnishings in the world, and, notably, the best art.”
Vervoordt recently designed Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Hidden Hills home. He is known for his timeless, minimalist interiors. He has also worked with the likes of Calvin Klein, Bill Gates, and Robert De Niro. His Kasteel van ’s-Gravenwezel, a 12th-Century castle in Belgium, also exemplifies his design genius.
“I think we have to make jewels with what others throw away,” the designer said. He is skilled in making interior environments that look original.
Matko Tomicic, executive director of LongHouse, introduced board president Diane Benson, who said, “We are here tonight honoring a man who defies being defined by a single word.”
In accepting his award, which was presented by artist Kimsooja and designed by Marc Leuthold, Vervoordt thanked everyone for coming. “I don’t know if I deserve it, but I always do my best,” he said.
Following the presentation, a smaller group of 50 guests, which included Martha Stewart, headed to Adelaide de Menil’s Central Park South home for dinner, where each guest was presented with a signed copy of Vervoordt’s book, Stories and Reflections.