In the mid-1960s, Donald Judd was asked to make a coffee table based on one of his floor sculptures; he later wrote, "This debased the work and produced a bad table which I later threw away. The configuration and scale of art cannot be transposed into furniture and architecture." In spite of this failed attempt, Judd began to regularly make furniture for his own use from 1968, when he purchased, renovated and permanently installed with art and fixtures a five-story cast-iron building at 101 Spring Street, New York. Later, he designed and made furniture for his extensive complex of reclaimed military and commercial buildings in Marfa, Texas. In the early 1990s, Brydon Smith, a curator here at the National Gallery of Canada and close friend and advocate of Judd, saw a bench in Marfa and asked that a version be made to complement our extensive collection of Judd's work. While this bench is part of the Gallery's collection, Judd always maintained a clear distinction between his art and furniture, stressing that the latter must serve foremost as a functional object.