Prototype Chair | Sotheby´s

Sotheby´s-Prototype Chair

Estimated value: 50.000-70.000 US$

Auction:
Important 20th Century Design

Sales date: 2003-12-12

Location:
New York

Lot number: 716

Design

Donald Judd
Launched in 1979
Manufacturer Celedonio Mediano in Marfa, Texas

Architonic id

4103463

Pine
29 7/8 in. (75.8 cm) high
Signed by Judd in pencil © DJ 79

This chair was refined in additional prototypes by Celedonio Mediano in early 1980s. Later it was one of the ten models that were selected for editions.
In Texas the furniture is based on the width of the wood. We use pine, and the construction by Celedino Mediano, is simple and straightforward.....the main thing about the chairs is the variant planks that make up the backs. The fronts and sides are just different ideas. I spent quite a lot of time trying to make the proportions even, one to two, which I like, or two to four and so forth.
Donald Judd, from Denise Domergue, Artists Design Furniture, New York, 1984, p. 104

Literature:
Denise Domerque, Artists Design Furniture, New York, 1984, p. 102 (for a later prototype built by Celedonio Mediano)

This work has been requested by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, for inclusion in their upcoming exhibition, Design Art: Design by Minimalist and Post-Minimalist Artists, which opens in November 2004.