Donald Judd


An emblematic figure of minimalism, Donald Judd has left an indelible mark on the world of contemporary art. Born in 1928 in Missouri and died in 1994 in New York, Judd revolutionized the way we understand art by pushing the boundaries of form and function. He introduced the concept of "specific objects" to describe his works, particularly his sculptures, designed to be in harmony with the environment in which they were placed.

Our Donald Judd collection

Discover our collection of Donald Judd furniture below: Library desks, library chairs, as well as different models of his popular plywood chairs.

Library Office 27 (1982)

This solid cypress library desk by Donald Judd is an iconic example of the artist's wooden furniture designs during his lifetime. Originally designed for use in his own homes and offices, Judd's wood and metal furniture is instantly recognizable, made with the same techniques and materials used throughout his body of work.

Set of 4 library chairs 42 (1980)

Originally designed and manufactured for the Judd Library in Marfa, Texas, in 1980, the “Library Chair” is handcrafted from solid pine.

Popular plywood chairs

In 1982, in the isolated desert town of Marfa, Texas, Rainer and Flavin Judd, daughter and son of artist Donald Judd, moved into their own room. Don, as they called him, made each of them a desk, but as Flavin explained, “Once you have a desk, you need a chair, a place to sit and do Your work. » In no time, their father drew one. In fact, he made 10 variations of it. He took the plans to a carpenter to have seats cut from pine from a sawmill.

The design couldn't have been simpler, made entirely from flat pine boards. But in this cubic volume located under the seat, the artist experimented: in one version he placed a shelf, in another an inclined board; another was solid on the front but recessed on the sides, etc.

It was in 1991 that Judd began making them out of plywood. 2 years later, now numerous and recognized, they received the name “Chaises 84”.

Plywood chair.


Half-divided model.

Plywood chair.


Model with front shelf.

Plywood chair.


Model tilted backwards.

Plywood chair.


Model tilted forward.

Learn more about Donald Judd

His artistic career began in the years
1950 as a painter, but it was in the early 1960s that he found his
true path with the creation of his first sculptures. Judd gives up
quickly abandon traditional forms in favor of a radically
new: refined geometric structures without ornamentation,
made from industrial materials such as steel and plexiglass.
These works, often characterized by clean lines and polished surfaces,
embody the quintessence of minimalism, a movement that sought to
simplify the artistic experience by eliminating everything superfluous.


One of the most significant contributions of
Judd lies in his desire to decompartmentalize art and the space that surrounds it. He
created sculptural installations specifically designed for spaces
architectural, thus transforming museums into immersive environments.
This interaction between the sculpture and the surrounding space has become a
emblematic characteristic of his work.


Donald Judd's creations were exhibited
in illustrious museums around the world. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
New York played a crucial role in the recognition of his work,
organizing major exhibitions. The Tate Modern in London, the Center Pompidou
in Paris and the Dia Art Foundation in the United States are also among the
institutions that celebrated Judd's legacy by exhibiting his designs


Donald Judd's artistic legacy transcends
the boundaries of minimalism to evoke a deep reflection on
the interaction between art, space and the viewer. His works continue to
fascinate with their bold simplicity and their ability to transform our
perception of art and the environment surrounding it.