Desk and chair Designer: Donald Judd (American, 1928–1994)


American Decorative Arts

As with Donald Judd's Minimalist sculptures, this desk and chair rely upon repeated geometric forms and industrial materials. The dimensions of the commercially available pine boards dictate the scale of the elements, and the only decoration is the play of light and shadow across the exposed wood grain. Judd had many of his furniture designs professionally manufactured, but this desk and chair is one of only four that were handmade at Judd's studio in Marfa, Texas.




Desk: 30 × 48 × 33 in. (76.2 × 121.92 × 83.82 cm)
Chair: 29 × 13 3/4 × 13 in. (73.66 × 34.925 × 33.02 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Dudley and Michael Del Balso, B.A. 1966

Accession Number



20th century


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1981, made by Donald Judd, Marfa, TX; 1982-83 lent to "De Stijl: 1917-1931, Visions of Utopia" exhibition; 1983 given by Judd to Dudley Del Balso, New York; 2007 donated to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008," in "Recent Acquisitions," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008), 171–72, ill
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Object/Work type

chairs, desks


Inscribed in pencil on underside of desk: "Design by Don Judd / made by Celedonio Mediano / Nov. 81"\r\nInscribed in pencil on underside of chair: "Design by Donald Judd / made by Celedonio Mediano / Nov. 81"

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