Marfa Modern

Back in the early 1970s, when Donald Judd (1928-1994) began his Marfa project it was considered as quite a remarkable quest. Today the former water stop in the Texas desert has become a mecca for artists, art pilgrims, and design enthusiasts, a creative enclave, and Judd is revered for his minimalist art and the stringent standards he applied to everything around him, including architecture, interiors and furniture. The Norwegian/Danish artists Elmgreen & Dragset famous Prada Marfa project and CKR´s (Claesson, Koivisto, Rune) minimalistic gallery project are Scandinavian Marfa attraction examples. The book Marfa Modern: Artistic Interiors of the West Texas High Desert published by The Monacelli Press with author Helen Thompson features twenty one houses that represent unique approaches to the desert setting in the keeping of Judd´s site specific intentions. All are extraordinary homes with creative details in the overall design, many with special features of reused materials and building components. Marfa Modern is definitely 240 pages of great inspiration from the fascinating West Texas High Desert. Image courtesy of Monacelli Press.