- 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 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
i saw this painting at the rijksmuseum in amsterdam and was
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
peter beard: maureen gallagher and a late night feeder, hog
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
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.