Donald Judd

b. 1928 — d. 1994

Selection of Donald Judd Furniture on factory floor, 1985, Lehni AG, Dub endorf, Switzerland
Image: Doris Lehni Quarella © Antonio Monaci, courtesy Donald Judd Furniture

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

Work

Exhibitions

10.26–11.06.2020
Furniture: 1984
Salon 94 89th Street

Donald Judd

Biography

Image: Donald Judd at Eichholteren, 1990. Photo Franziska & Bruno Mancia © FBM Studio. Courtesy Donald Judd Furniture.

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.

Press

07.23.2018
‘Donald Judd: Specific Furniture’ Review: Designs With Purpose
Donald Judd

Wall Street Journal

02.02.2020
Donald Judd’s Transformational Furniture Stars in a Long-Awaited MoMA Retrospective
Mark C. O'Flaherty

Robb Report

07.23.2018
Donald Judd’s furniture exhibition opens at SFMOMA
Alex Wong

The Architect's Newspaper

06.05.2018
The Surprising Role of Furniture Design in Donald Judd’s Creative Practice
Alexandra Alexa

Surface Mag