b. 1928 — d. 1994
Donald Judd Furniture
A work of art exists as itself; a chair exists as a chair itself. And the idea of a chair isn’t a chair. — Donald Judd, It’s Hard to Find a Good Lamp, 1993
Donald Judd remains one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. His radical ideas and work continue to provoke and influence the fields of art, architecture, and design. Judd developed his ideas concerning furniture first in New York, at 101 Spring Street, and later in Marfa, Texas. These spaces, including studios, living quarters, and ranches, reflect the diversity of his life’s work.
Judd designed furniture, beginning with wood the 1970s, metal in the 1980s, and plywood in the 1990s, for which he maintained a small distribution during his lifetime. He addressed furniture and design in his writings, most notably in the essay ‘It’s Hard to Find a Good Lamp’ for the Donald Judd Furniture: Retrospective exhibition at Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in 1993. He explained and defended his thinking on design and furniture, defining his approach to proportion and scale, fabrication, and exhibition.
The furniture continues to be made by Donald Judd Furniture to his original specifications, stamped and numbered sequentially. The wood furniture, in a variety of hardwood and color plywood, is fabricated in the United States. The metal furniture, in painted aluminum colors, anodized aluminum, brass, and copper, is fabricated in Switzerland.
For an inventory of furniture designs by Donald Judd fabricated by Donald Judd Furniture, please visit judd.furniture.
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