Responsible for the decoration of some of the world’s most glamorous restaurants and hotels, including the ivy, sexy fish and soho beach house, art collection plays an essential role in the work of interior architect and designer martin brudnizki. But if he could have any pieces in the world for his own collection, which would they be?
Frans hals: marriage portrait of isaac massa and beatrix van der laen
I saw this painting at the rijksmuseum in amsterdam and was completely enamoured by it. I believe the sitters knew the artist, which explains why they appear to be so incredibly relaxed. It is so ahead of its time and so beautiful, and it shows such a great sense of love between the pair. I would like nothing more than to own it.
Carl milles: the head of an angel
I grew up in stockholm and as a child my mother used to take me to millesgården – the house belonging to the artist carl milles. Years ago, she gave me a little figurine of an etruscan horse by milles and i recently bought a small bronze by him called the head of an angel. It sits on a table at home alongside pieces from lots of different periods and i absolutely love it.
ben nicholson: 1934 (relief), 1934
This is on display at tate britain, so sadly it is not hanging on one of my walls at home. Many years ago, i almost bought a piece by ben nicholson and i have always regretted that i didn’t.
I love that this work is so sculptural. The play of geometry and layering really appeals to my love of modernism. If i owned it, i would hang it next to the frans hals portrait (above). That’s how i approach my interior design projects – it’s about creating a point of view.
Peter beard: maureen gallagher and a late night feeder, hog ranch
Peter beard pioneered photo montage. Last christmas, i was given a book of his work, peter beard (taschen, £49.99), and i have fallen in love with his photography he started visiting africa when he was 17 and began documenting rare and endangered animals. He blends the natural world with the creative glamour of high fashion.
Svenskt tenn: candleholder elephant
My mother always shopped at svenskt tenn, so i more or less grew up in that store. It was founded by estrid ericson, who was an exceptionally sophisticated woman. Even the pieces that svenskt tenn produced in the early forties were ahead of their time.
They could have been made yesterday. This candlestick is so beautifully crafted and elegant.