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Monday, October 31, 2011

Ward Bennett

Ward Bennett (1917-2003) was born in New York, the son of a vaudeville actor. At age 13, he went to work in the garment district, starting as a shipping clerk. He made a trip to Paris in 1937 and spent a year studying at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière with the sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

After a year in California as a window dresser for I. Magnin and Bullocks, he returned to New York, where he worked as clothing designer and window dresser by day. At night he studied with Hans Hofmann. His ceramic works were shown at the Whitney Annual Exhibition in 1944. His jewelry designs were exhibited in a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art.

He began to make a name for himself as an interior designer in the mid-1940s, employing a minimalist style, a monochromatic palette and luxurious accents, such as rich leathers and furs. He was one of the earliest American designers to use industrial materials in the home and pioneered the conversation pit.

In 1964 he began to collaborate with Brickel Associates, designing furniture and textiles. In 1987 he began working with Geiger. He also designed for Tiffany and Company, Sasaki and Hermes.

His designs are displayed in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, as well as in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

From and


Chrome and glass side table

Leather sofa

Roll arm chair

Envelope chair

Club chairs

Pi chair

Sled chair

Scissor chair


  1. The club chairs. Definitely the club chairs. HOpe you feel better soon.

  2. @DearHelenHartman: The club chairs are cool, but I'm in love with the Envelope and the Scissor...and that flatware. I'm also hoping I feel better soon. Hope you're getting over your bug too.

  3. I like the look of the flatware. I'd imagine it has good heft, unlike much of the hollow or stamped stuff that's around today.

  4. @nick: I refuse to own flimsy flatware. My dream for some time has been to own a set of John van Koert's Contour flatware that he designed for Towle, but after seeing this set by Bennett, I may change my mind. Till I find a vintage set I can afford, I'll stick with my Opus by Henckel. It has a nice modern look, a nice heft and a decent price.