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We’re longtime fans of Donald Judd; especially his minimal daybed, which we’ve been spotting lately in interiors—DIY versions included.

Original daybeds by Donald Judd can go for as much as $20,000 at auction; new ones, made by the artist’s longtime craftsman, California-based Jeff Jamieson, can also be ordered from Judd Furniture.

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Donald Judd Daybed Sofa with Custom Brazilian Cowhide Mattress


Donald Judd, one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, was well-known for his large-scale Minimalist works as well as his association with the desert town of Marfa, Texas. He was a master of scale and detail, space and volume. In his later years, he began designing furniture like his Minimalist sculptures. The Donald Judd daybed, first designed in 1978, is one of his most famous furniture works. This model, constructed of absolutely breathtaking Douglas Fir, was manufactured in 2003 by Wood and Plywood Furniture. Our designers chose ivory-hued Brazilian cowhide as the material on the twin-sized mattress. The 7" thick mattress is filled with a luxury foam base topped sink-into down feathers. It's the coolest piece of furniture we've ever had in our studio. "In the early 1970s, Donald Judd began to design furniture for 101 Spring Street in New York. His first designs were a wood bed and metal sinks. In 1977, he returned to furniture design through necessity; he needed pieces for his children’s bedrooms in Marfa, Texas, and pieces for the entire residence. By 1984, Judd had designed a range of wood furniture including a bed, desk, and a daybed; and metal furniture including chairs, benches, beds, and a table. That same year, Judd had his first exhibition of metal furniture at Max Protetch in New York. From 1984 to 1993, he continued to develop new designs. At this time he began writing in more formal terms about furniture and his approach to design, fabrication, sales, and distribution. Fundamental to Judd’s designs are his specifications regarding dimensions, material type, finish, and construction of each piece. Judd specified that the quality remain high, a considered approached given that fabrication of the furniture involved the expertise and handwork of both local carpenters and master craftsmen. He selected fabricators he entrusted with the interpretations of his designs, working directly with them to develop and refine his desired level of quality." ~ From Donald Judd Foundation Wood andPlywood Furniture USA, 2003 Douglas Fir Brazilan Cowhide Measures: 80 W × 45½ D × 43¾ H inches Signed with impressed manufacturer’s mark: [Judd 2003 SB DF 421 WPF].


  • Creator

    Donald Judd (Designer)

  • Dimensions

    Height: 43.75 in. (111.13 cm)Width: 80 in. (203.2 cm)Depth: 45.5 in. (115.57 cm)Seat Height: 21 in. (53.34 cm)

  • Materials and Techniques


  • Place of Origin

    North America

  • Period


  • Date of Manufacture


  • Condition

    Wear consistent with age and use. The douglas fir is in excellent condition. A few nicks on the edges of the underside but nothing noticeable. The mattress is brand new.
  • Seller Location


  • Reference Number

    1stDibs: LU1701212025853

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Donald Judd, Untitled, 1978-1979
Aquatint, on etching paper, with full margins. Image size: 35 1/4 x 24 5/8 in. Full sheet size: 40 x 29 1/4 in. Framed dimensions: 46 1/2" x 35 3/4". In black frame. Signed and numb...

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Donald Judd Furniture

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1978-1979

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Donald Judd Furniture

Donald Judd, Untitled 1978-1979

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Donald Judd Furniture

Donald Judd, Untitled, 1978-1979

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Donald Judd Furniture

Donald Judd, Untitled 1978-1979

Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Donald Judd Furniture

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Donald Judd Whitney Museum Catalog
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Collection of Three Untitled Donal Judd Aquatint Prints Sold Individually
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Donald Judd Daybed Sofa with Custom Brazilian Cowhide Mattress
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Donald Judd Bookshelf (bvb 60) designed 1984/fabricated now shown in Traffic Grey A (RAL 7042) 21 painted aluminum colors available or copper 39 1/3 x 39 1/3 x 19 3/4 inches stamped ...

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Stool #43 by Donald Judd, in blue or black enameled aluminum, manufactured by Janssen CV, Netherlands, 1990. Stamped [DJ 9 90]. Provenance available.

Late 20th Century Dutch Post-Modern Donald Judd Furniture

Table or Shelf #49 by Donald Judd
Table or shelf #49 by Donald Judd, in traffic red enameled aluminium, manufactured by Janssen CV, Netherlands, 1989. Provenance available.

1980s Dutch Post-Modern Vintage Donald Judd Furniture

  • Table or Shelf #49 by Donald Judd
  • Table or Shelf #49 by Donald Judd
  • Table or Shelf #49 by Donald Judd

Last summer I was shopping around for a daybed that would fit well in my Brooklyn apartment, and I couldn’t find anything I liked or that didn’t cost a small fortune, so I decided to make something myself. As a long time Donald Judd fan, I decided to use his famous design as a starting point, did a few quick calculations, and headed to the Home Depot for some 1 x 12″ Pine boards and dowels.

I wanted the piece to be all natural, so after building it, I used pure Tung Oil thinned with D-Limonene (a liquid hydrocarbon made from orange peels) as a beautiful stain and sealer. The mattress is a twin size natural latex of 3 layers. The hidden storage area is stained with pure eastern Cedar Oil to keep out those pesky moths (it was difficult and more expensive for me to source the actual Cedar boards so I just stained the Pine with the Cedar Oil instead).

Its a real shame I’ve never been to the Donald Judd Foundation, so I’ll definitely be making an appointment soon! Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or question. Thanks!

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Ask any design enthusiast their favorite IKEA product and they’ll gush about that bookshelf, bed frame, or countertop that they’re obsessed with. But that obsession is less the product of a unique find (because we’ve all had the Billy at one point), and more about the thing being so damn reliable. IKEA is forever that friend that asks for nothing (or nothing over $100) and gives you everything, supporting you at every phase in your life; this meme sums it up perfectly. So we aren’t terribly surprised that our good old Scandi friend has listened to us wax poetic about plywood all these years, and delivered exactly what we wanted: well-designed minimal pieces that are timeless and, of course, affordable.

A part of IKEA’s new ÖVERALLT collection, the pieces were created in collaboration with Design Indaba, an online publication with an annual festival in Cape Town, South Africa. The group curated talents from five African countries and paired each with an in-house IKEA designer. The result is an assortment of bright, patterned textiles; sophisticated stoneware; and, of course, plywood furniture. The chair, designed by Issa Diabaté, is made from a single sheet of unfinished plywood and was crafted with only a jigsaw, so you won’t spot any nails or screws interrupting the design. There is a coordinating cushion sold separately, but we would rather throw a fluffy sheepskin (also a great IKEA buy) or a big quilt over the chair to make it look, you know, casual. You could also grab a paintbrush and douse the seat in a bright hue or experiment with a funky pattern. Not a bad deal considering the chair is just $49.99.

The wall shelf (also designed by Diabaté, also only $49.99!) is equally primed for customization; the catalogue displays one hanging mid-wall with edges painted a mustard yellow, and one accent in a complementary blue. Since this is a limited collection, we suggest stocking up on a few units in case you want to stack them as a bookshelf or place them side-by-side as a long display unit.

If you’re like us, most of your shopping trips to IKEA have been part of an effort to re-create a very expensive thing on a very limited budget, either by using a creative hack or simply picking up a similar “starter” piece. In this case, these are our starter versions of the very expensive Donald Judd designs we fully intend to have later in life—because everything gets easier as time goes on, right?

Other great finds from this month’s IKEA haul are the rugs by luxury designers, including Off-White’s Virgil Abloh or Chiaozza’s Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao, as part of the limited Art Event 2019 collection. Both major assortments hit stores in May, so join us in opening a tab on and refreshing its “new” section every morning this month.

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101 Spring Street, New York. © Judd Foundation | Pictured: Donald Judd, Single Daybed 32 (1978); and unknown, kitchen and stove tables (n.d.)

American artist Donald Judd was not only one of the most pivotal artists of the twentieth century, but he was also a designer and avid collector of good design, with his furniture collection and his work works presented in the ‘Donald Judd: Specific Furniture’ exhibition currently on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Now held and overseen by the Judd Foundation, Judd’s furniture designs and personal collection of other designers’ works are monumental together. Together sharing a unique design language of exploring spatial principles and form, this underlying philosophy has by default ensured the works remain timeless, acting as a constant reference for working architects and designers alike. Form and function are aligned, guided by the exploration of scale and solidified by permanence. This distilled design language is evident throughout Judd’s furniture works, art and architecture, upholding his overall original and uncompromising holistic approach.

Minimalist yet innovative, Judd’s ingenious furniture designs stemmed from a lack of available pieces that he himself wanted to use, with his own furniture design filling that void. Tables, desks, chairs and beds, these pieces were used on a daily basis. Judd would call his furniture design “specific objects” and this almost self-explanatory. Although they were made from the same materials as his artworks, Judd would clarify the contrast between sculpture and furniture, explaining “The difference between art and architecture is fundamental. Furniture and architecture can only be approached as such. Art cannot be imposed upon them. If their nature is seriously considered the art will occur, even art close to art itself.”

Library, 3rd Floor, 101 Spring Street, New York. © Judd Foundation | Image: Maurizio Alejo | Pictured: Alvar Aalto, Stool 60, Chairs 21, and Table 70 (all 1932–33); and Donald Judd, Library Shelves (1973)

The very first piece of furniture Judd made was his bed, situated on the fifth floor of his home in New York, a large cast-iron building on 101 Spring Street which he bought in 1968. The bed is a simple platform of wooden boards, serving a practical purpose of allowing space to float through the room, with the design also framing the mattress as if it were a canvas. Judd would emphasise that the space surrounding the work was just as important as the work itself.

Judd would also design for his children, Rainer and Flavin, practical items such as their beds, school desks and chairs. When Judd’s father retired in 1968, he devoted himself to woodwork and would help realise Donald’s ideas. It was in 1971 when Judd relocated from New York to Marfa, Texas, where wide, open landscapes were on offer. Exactly what Judd was seeking, Judd bought buildings and ranch land in Marfa, also building an architecture studio, an art studio, a writing office and a library.

Fourth Floor, 101 Spring Street, New York. © Judd Foundation | Pictured: Donald Judd, Fourth Floor Table 19 and Fourth Floor Low Table 18 (both 1981), and Serving Table 64 and Cart 62 (both 1985); Gerrit Rietveld, Zig-Zag Chairs (1934); and unknown, Swedish armchair (n.d.)

101 Spring Street, New York. © Judd Foundation | Pictured: Donald Judd, Fifth Floor Bed (1970); and unknown, Italian porter bench (n.d.)

North Library, The Block, Marfa, Texas. © Judd Foundation | Pictured: Donald Judd, 19.75-Inch Frame Chairs 67, 49.5-Inch Frame Table 70, and 19.75-Inch Frame Stool 68 (all 1989)

In both his homes (101 Spring Street in New York and Marfa, Texas now maintained by the Judd Foundation) it is evident how Judd wanted to live his life, surrounding himself with good design. A big collector of minimalist furniture design, he was drawn to work which had been created with a clear intention.

Judd held an unrivalled collection of some of the best designs in the world. The iconic designs of pioneering designers such as Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto, German-American architect Mies van der Rohe, Hungarian-born architect and designer Marcel Breuer, American architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright, Dutch designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld, and Austrian-born American architect Rudolph Schindler were all present in his homes. He lived with these works, utilised them, and found inspiration in them. The logic of creating non-ornamental furniture, pure in form and intention, was a shared trait amongst the heavyweights.

Judd’s on-going investigation into how objects relate to the space they are in, and their ability to transform the space, was a continuous practise, right until his death in 1994.

Not only does the Donald Judd: Specific Furniture exhibition provide a broader insight to Judd’s creative practice and environment, but it emphasises his singular vision and uncompromising approach. His exploration of scale and proportion is evident amongst all works on display, a simple calculation for better living.

Architecture Studio, Judd Foundation. Marfa, Texas. © Judd Foundation | Image: Elizabeth Felicella / Esto

Architecture Studio, Marfa, Texas. © Judd Foundation | Pictured: Alvar Aalto, Stool 60 (1932–33); Donald Judd, 49.5-Inch Frame Table 70 (1989); Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, MR Side Chair (1927); Gerrit Rietveld, Red Blue Chair (1918–23); and Karl Trabert, Desk Lamp (ca. 1930)

Architecture Office, Marfa, Texas. © Judd Foundation | Pictured: Donald Judd, Armchair 1 (1984); 14.75-Inch Frame Stool 70 (1989); Standing Desk 78, Architecture Desk 74, Plywood Desk 75, and Architecture Table 73 (all 1990); and Plywood Bookshelf 94 (1992)

Architecture Studio, Marfa, Texas. Alvar Aalto, Stool 60 (1932–33); Donald Judd, Desk 33 and Side Shelf Chair 84 (both 1982); Gerrit Rietveld, Red Blue Chair (1918–23); and Karl Trabert, Desk Lamp (ca. 1930)

Whyte Building, Marfa, Texas. © Judd Foundation | Pictured: Donald Judd, Center-Pivot Door (1981); and Rudolph M. Schindler, Sling Chair, Low Stool, and Sofa (all 1922)

Donald Judd: Specific Furniture

Exhibiting from July 14 until November 4, 2018


Southeast Studio, The Block, Marfa, Texas. © Judd Foundation | Pictured: Gustav Stickley, Even-Arm Settle 208 (1904)

All images © Judd Foundation | Written by Monique Kawecki | London-based Editor In Chief 


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July 2017.  Jesse Kamm put her big girl pants on.  After working from the home studio for 12 years, the JK headquarters moved to its very own space.  Starting with a clean canvas was magical.  Luke and I made a pact that we would build our own furniture so that each piece would perfectly suit the needs of the specific object.  (For those of you who do not know Luke, he is the Chief of Operations at JK industries, the father of my child, and my very best friend.)

In August, we moved in, and set upon the task of designing and building out each room.  Many trips to Ganahl Lumber were made, but in the end the price was low, and the pay off was high.  We loaded up the work wagon, and got to it.


We started with the couch for the showroom.  We built this piece once before, 5 years ago for our surf cabin in Panama.  It is our version of the Donald Judd daybed, but smaller and more compact. The frame is made of Maple Plywood.  The cushions were built by our sewers out of our leftover Kamm Pants canvas, and foam from Foam Mart in The Valley.  Next, we built a small coffee table out of a pine box, topped by a circular piece of marble that I found on Craigslist for $100.  You can often find marble tables that are ugly, for cheap, and take only the top.  Hot tip! Lastly, we built a bench from the clear pine to showcase some of my favorite objects.  We finished the couch with small cushions made from the leftover Palma Dress fabric.

Next up was the meeting room, which we lovingly call "The Hive."  We used clear pine for the table top, and pine 4x4's for the legs.  This is a super simple design, and was based on a classic farm table.  We used two of our Russel Wright dining chairs for seating on one side, and built a bench for the other seats.  The bench was made from matching pine, and is a design we used in the surf cabin as well.  For the light fixture, I found the Arne Jacobson pendant that I have had on my inspiration board for at least a decade.  This is my favorite room in the headquarters.  I believe much inspiration will be found around this table.

Custom work benches and work tables for each of the three offices followed.  We used a mixture of plywood and rustic pine lumber, and referenced more Donald Judd work tables for these pieces.  The drafting table in my office was a daybed that we once built for the home studio, and we flipped it on its side, and affixed it to the wall.

It took the course of 16 days, working in our moments or free time, to complete the build out.  I assisted Luke, and laid out designs, but he drove every nail and screw.  What a guy. The total cost of the lumber for the entire project was $850.  And that my friends, is the JK way.  Do it yourself, spend only what you need, and splash out on a few details, like the mid-century pendant, which I will treasure forever, and by it's light, we will surely make it a worthy investment. My friend Sophie calls the JK way the "Kammasutra."  Maybe I will write you all a book one day with that title, and tell you all my zen and thrifty secrets.  For now, you can call this the prologue.

Have a happy day.

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