Sleeping like Donald Judd in Low-to-the Floor Beds, with Details and Plans

At the Judd Foundation instagram, we stumbled on this wonderful bedroom with a very Judd-esque low bed, covered in colorful rugs and blankets.  It is the Winter Bedroom in La Mansana de Chinati in Marfa, Texas. Informally known as The Block, it is the site of some of the artist’s first large-scale architectural projects.

We’ve long been smitten with Judd’s very minimalist furniture, especially his low-to-the-floor bed, which we’ve read, was the first piece of furniture he designed for his Spring Street loft in New York City. In our Our House Tour of his Soho Loft, we found this:



There is something dreamy about sleeping so low to the floor in a spacious room, as though on a raft…

Judd outfitted the platform with a outlets, phone and lamp… via the New York Times

At the Tate Modern website, we found this photo by Judd of his wife, Julie Finch,  Flavin Judd and Rainer Judd in the family bedroom on the fifth floor of 101 Spring Street, New York, 1970.  You can see the inner workings of the middle bed: slats on the floor with planks laid crosswise across them.

Donald Judd © Judd Foundation

It is great to see how the austere space really looked with people inhabiting it, along with lots of art. We could imagine dreaming, drawing, sleeping, reading, hanging out…



If we didn’t need to store stuff under our bed, we’d make ourselves one.


Plans for one of Judd’s bed designs, which can also be ordered, can be found at Donald Judd Furniture.

Donald Judd Furniture



Donald Judd Furniture



Donald Judd Furniture



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