Ryue Nishizawa, House A (detail), 2006
How often do you get design ideas that are free? Get out of the house and head for the woods to look for fallen tree branches. They should be skinny and twiggy so that you can prop them up in a pot of sand.
Ryue Nishizawa, House A Living Room, 2006
3. Alvar Aalto’s Savoy Vase
We had fun playing our own design inspired version of Walter Wick’s I Spy with the SANAA interiors. What’s the first thing that caught our eye? Alvar Aalto’s classic Savoy Vase. Put one nonchalantly in a corner of your living room. Fill it with flowers, or don’t. Colored glass is preferable. Find one here in Rio Brown.
Kate Keller, Savoy Vase, Museum of Modern Art, 1936
4. Red Taper Candles
Red candles aren’t just for the holidays. Put them in a glass candelabra next to your Savoy Vase. While the pretty Conran versions below are currently out of stock, find alternatives here and here.
5. A Quirky Wooden Table
SANAA celebrates the natural aging of things. A vintage wooden table is a reminder of the passing of time. Place it strategically in your space. Find the one pictured below here.
6. A Single Protea
Put it casually on your quirky wooden table. It’s affordable living art. Find them at your local Whole Foods or Farmer’s Market.
James Elliot Bailey, Protea, 2011.
6. A Black Radio
’90s electronics just became retro, and the unplugged radio in House A’s living room is almost sculptural. Look for a simple, sleek design. Bonus points if it doesn’t have a DVD player or batteries. It makes for a nice grouping with your Savoy Vase and red taper candles. Get the one shown below here.
7. A Crocheted Doily
The handmade doily (aka ornamental mat) is a nod to SANAA’s traditional values. Put one anywhere the floor’s bare. Find this one here.
8. A Plywood Chair
Place it arbitrarily anywhere. This one can be found here, but the old IKEA Bertil standby works too.
9. Noguchi Akari 1N Lamp
Put it on the floor. Get intimate around the soft glow at night and listen to music. Find it here.
10. Floral Fabric
House A’s bathroom does it, and so can you. Bring a wildflower meadow indoors by making pillows and shower curtains out of a happy floral fabric. Buy it by the yard here.
11. Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Daybed
An investment piece that you will never regret. The caramel leather is the only way to go. We’re eying the one at 1stDibs, but check your local Craigslist. You just never know what might turn up.
Dual Modern, Barcelona Daybed, Mies Van Der Rohe for Knoll, 1950
12. An Ugo Rondinone Declaration
We want one so badly. Don’t you? Inquire here.
Ugo Rondinone, Dreams and Dramas, 2001.