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Ahead Of His Time

After a $23 million renovation, famed American artist Donald Judd's Soho home and studio (our sneak peek here) opens for small group tours on June 3. New York Magazine critics Jerry Saltz and Justin Davidson conversed about its impressive art collection, the carefully authentic restoration, and how the space reflects the eccentricities of the icon himself. Judd was, in many ways, a complete original whose interior design ideas have become mainstream. Explains Davidson: "It's amazing how many of Judd's experiments later turned into clichés of industrial chic: the tension between vast rooms and little nooks, the sleeping lofts, the steel sink, the pine-board shelves. It was an idiosyncratic DIY design approach that's since been totally commercialized." [NY Mag; previously]