Donald Judd’s loft at 101 Spring Street

Donald Judd loft, Soho, NYC

This is artist Donald Judd’s loft in Soho, maintained as a museum but only open infrequently during current restorations. It was one of the first artist’s lofts in Soho – not to mention in New York – and is now almost the paradigmatic example of loft living. Judd bought the entire 1870’s industrial building for 70,000 in 1968 and moved in with his family. One of the central figures in minimalist art, Judd lived his own aesthetic in a space he referred to as “permanent installation.” His interest in industrial materials and engineering methods is evident here in the lack of any attempt to domesticate the space as well as in the simple, unadorned furniture he built for it. The NYT ran an article a while ago which included an interview with Judd’s son Flavin, who was 6 months old when he moved into this loft and who nostalgically described the Soho of the 60s and 70s as a small town smelling fragrantly of the cigars manufactured nearby. These days there’s a certain huffiness out there about modernism and minimalism’s supposed kid-unfriendliness, but Flavin Judd remembers this space – ground zero of minimalism – happily and even nostalgically (there’s a small image of the Judds at home, below). “There were “the best Swedish breakfasts on the second floor — 50 people would come over — ham, cheese, weird flatbreads, salmon,” Flavin Judd said. “It was a great place to grow up.” To read the whole story, which includes information on the heritage restoration of the whole building, see the NYT. See also this blog’s previous post on minimalism.vs. maximalism in interiors. There’s a good shot of the a reproduction of Judd’s famous daybed on AT , and lastly, Loft Living: Culture and Capital in Urban Change by Sharon Zukin provides an interesting portrait and social history of artist’s lofts, including 101 Spring Street. According to the Judd Foundation website, tours of the Spring St. building and loft are suspended during restoration.

Donald Judd's Loft

Donald Judd Loft, Spring Street, Soho

101 Spring street. Donald Judd's building.

donald judd daybed

Judd kitchen

Donald Judd, table with storage

Judd kitchen

101 Spring street. Donald Judd's building.

Judd loft, bedroom

Donald Judd loft, bed platform detail

Photos from the NYT and from DiscoContinental on Flickr. Take a fun quiz (is it a Judd or a piece of cheap furniture?) here.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Responses to “Donald Judd’s loft at 101 Spring Street”

  1. Tom Says:

    Was Flavin Judd named for Dan Flavin.

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Yes. Donald Judd and Dan Flavin were close friends. You can see a Dan Flavin piece in the loft – the pink fluorescent tube sculpture in the bedroom, along the windows. You might also be interested in this article on Stephen Flavin, Dan’s son, who has conferred with Flavin Judd on the curation and preservation of their fathers’ works.
    http://greg.org/archive/2005/01/01/reinventing_the_lightbulb_22_stephen_flavin.html

  3. The Fashionable Traveler Says:

    I love your blog! I came across it doing some research on Donald Judd, for an upcoming post I’m doing on west Texas, including Marfa. Your subject matter is so interesting, and so wonderfully written. Thanks

  4. Judd’s loft to be renovated | Glasstire Says:

    […] Judd Foundation has announced the that it is beginning a $30 million capital campaign to restore sculptor Donald Judd’s home at 101 Spring St. in New York. The building will be closed during the three-year project. Upon […]

Leave a Reply