I love modern art. I was an art major in college, and now I am an elementary school art teacher, so this scene is a long-time coming. It was inspired by some large plastic nuts and bolts I found in a big bag of children's toys I bought at a thrift store. It had all kinds of random tiny goodness bits in the bag, and I played around with these in particular to see how I might use them. I thought that just simply laying them down could look like a large iron sculpture, modern and industrial looking.
I also wanted to use my new Barcelona day bed. It is the most detailed and beautiful Reac piece I have purchased thus far. It was pricey, ($32 with shipping) but it is so large and well designed that I think it is worth every penny. Especially since most upholstered miniature sofas cost about the same, and are nowhere near as realistic-looking. Anyway, it is a work of art on its own, but it also looked just like a lot of the leather benches in modern art museums. I added a few postcards from my collection and textured paper from Michael's to the walls and floor. I had previously put together some miniamalist wall art from Lego that I thought I could use, and to fill up some additional space I stacked some mirror cubes and building blocks, and created a stand from an acrylic table turned sideways and tops with an abstract sculpture I made from a couple of old hoop earrings I never wear. Its funny how easy it is to create "modern art" with a few simple objects. I just played around with them and bent them into a shape I liked. The whole scene only took about 15-20 minutes.