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Ward Bennett

American, 1917-2003

Ward Bennett created everything from interiors and furniture to textiles and flatware. The unsung New York City-born modernist designer drew on the work of Le Corbusier and Auguste Rodin, studied art with the likes of Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann and counted legendary American luxury house Tiffany & Co. among his clients. For decades, Bennett created and filled spaces that were elegant, minimalist and deeply appealed to everyone who laid eyes on them.

Bennett left home and school at the young age of 13. He found work in Manhattan’s Garment District, and within a few years, Bennett traveled to Europe on behalf of a clothing manufacturer to gather ideas for modern garments. He lived abroad as a young man, and when he returned to New York, during the early 1940s, he assisted fashion entrepreneur Hattie Carnegie as a window dresser.

Bennett would also go on to share a sculpture studio with artist Louise Nevelson. He ventured into the world of jewelry design, creating necklaces, bracelets and other pieces with Richard Pousette-Dart. The Whitney Museum of American Art exhibited his sculptures, and it wouldn’t be long before the Museum of Modern Art included Bennett’s personal adornments with accessories by the likes of Alexander Calder, Harry Bertoia and Anni Albers in its 1946 “Modern Handmade Jewelry” show.

Bennett didn’t take the plunge into interior design work until he was 30 years old — his inaugural project was an apartment in Manhattan and his clients were family members. He had no formal training in architecture or decorating — and would ultimately design a mere handful of houses in his life — so for his inviting leather office chairs, marble-topped tables and sleek storage cabinets, Bennett relied only on what he learned in the fashion world. Soon, every time he redecorated his own home — an elaborate apartment comprising former maids’ quarters in New York City’s magnificent Dakota building — it earned splashy coverage in the newspapers.

Bennett’s client list eventually included David Rockefeller and Chase Manhattan Bank, Tiffany & Co., Sasaki, Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, and others, and during the 1970s he became in-house designer for Brickel Associates, a role that would endure for more than two decades. His work is on permanent view at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.

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Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Desk Conference Chair
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
Bumper desk chair by Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Task Chair Bronze 4-star swivel conference room chair in a green tweed fabric....
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett

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Fabric

Pair of Chrome and Walnut Side Tables by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Palm Springs, CA
1980’s Pair of polish chrome and walnut side tables by Ward Bennett. In original vintage condition, the tops show minor wear consistent with age. Measurements: 20” wide 18” Deep. ...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

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Chrome

One Vintage Midcentury Ward Bennett Brickel Executive Chair
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
Best known for his interiors, Mr. Bennett`s projects include residence in New York, London, Venice and Rome, as well as his own quarter, a Manhattan apartment atop the Dakota, a coun...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

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Chrome

Midcentury Modern Ward Bennett Model 1515 Chair
By Brickel Associates, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Ward Bennett
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this rare, all-original model 1515 armchair by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates. This beautifully constructed chair is of exceptionally high quality and ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

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Beech, Lacquer

Ward Bennett for Brickel Polished Steel Claw Cocktail Table
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in Chicago, IL
Circular cocktail table comprised of a glass top supported by a polished steel three legged base. The glass sits on a triform steel stretcher with claw like ends where it meets the l...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

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Steel

Ward Bennet, Lounge Chair, Wood, Velvet, USA, 1958
By Ward Bennett
Located in High Point, NC
A black-painted wood and orange brown velvet lounge chair designed by Ward Bennet, 1958. Seat height 16.25”
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

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Velvet, Wood

Sculpted Walnut Armchair by Ward Bennett Brickel
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in Fraser, MI
Please feel free to reach out for accurate shipping to your location. Sculpted Walnut Armchair. Designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates. Rose fabric appears to be original.
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1970s Vintage Ward Bennett

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Fabric, Walnut

Beautiful Chunky Designer Sasaki Crystal Bowl by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Hopewell, NJ
American designer Ward Bennett for “Sasaki” crystal bowl Pattern is “Sengai” Ring of geometric triangles, squares and circles just below thick top ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

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Crystal

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Ward Bennett furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Ward Bennett furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Ward Bennett furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Ward Bennett were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Selig, Brown Jordan, and Kipp Stewart. Prices for Ward Bennett furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $215 and can go as high as $78,600, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,775.

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