ISSUE 48  |  Swiss Alps

High/Low: Donald Judd Daybed

December 04, 2009 8:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Devotees of sculptor Donald Judd know the appeal of his deceptively simple, geometric furniture. According to gallerist Louisa Guinness, "Judd was very insistent that his furniture should not be seen as artist’s furniture but as everyday furniture. ‘I’m very touchy about it being considered art,’  he said. ‘To me, the chairs and benches are perfectly comfortable. I think the thing to do is either sit up or lie down; I’m not sympathetic to in-between positions.’"

Above: Donald Judd’s 1993 Bed was recently auctioned off at Phillips de Pury & Co (the estimate was $35,000); photo via Daddy Types.


Above: Purists might not approve, but the sanded unfinished plywood Stash Sofa ($498 at Urban Outfitters) with cushions and storage drawer offers a Judd-like look at a reasonable price.