9/18/2013

CURATE // ART & DESIGN: Donald Judd x The Conran Shop





Donald Judd, one of the godfathers of minimalism, needed somewhere for his kids to sleep when he relocated his family from New York to Marfa in the seventies. There wasn’t a furniture store for miles around so Judd turned his radically simple, linear eye to furniture making. Last weekend, UK-based contemporary design store The Conran Shop launched a capsule collection of the twenty pieces available for the public to buy for the first time ever.

The collection is produced on a limited basis by the Marfa-based Judd Foundation. According to Judd’s son Flavin, interviewed in this Wall Street Journal piece, Judd would have been happy to see his designs available to the public for utilitarian purposes. While Judd’s first pieces were displayed in galleries, he believed fervently in the separation of purposes for art and design, the latter of which he believed should be fully serviceable.

"Judd at Conran" opened last weekend for the London Design Festival and will run through October 7 at Conran Shop’s Chelsea-based store. The collection represents Judd’s design aesthetics in there purest, most useable form. You can lust after the collection here!

Photo Credit: The Conran Shop

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