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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.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Ward Bennett seating, decorative objects and more.

Average Sold Price
$3,989
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Materials
Ward Bennett Low Table
By Ward Bennett
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Versatile; functions well as a side or cocktail table. Lightweight yet sturdy steel base with bright, polished metal finish. Original, height-adjustable feet. Three quarter inch glas...
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20th Century American Modern Ward Bennett

Materials

Steel

  • Ward Bennett Low Table
  • Ward Bennett Low Table
  • Ward Bennett Low Table
  • Ward Bennett Low Table
H 18 in. W 24 in. D 24 in.
Pair Ward Bennet Cane Lacquered Bentwood Walnut Chairs
By Ward Bennett
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of Ward Bennet cream lacquered cane custom finish, dark walnut bent wood design.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett

Materials

Cane, Bentwood

Ward Bennett Tufted Leather Club Chair
By Ward Bennett
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handsome Design Elegant royal blue leather Rare architectural walnut swivel base Great for any occasion; living room, office or studio.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett

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Leather

  • Ward Bennett Tufted Leather Club Chair
  • Ward Bennett Tufted Leather Club Chair
  • Ward Bennett Tufted Leather Club Chair
  • Ward Bennett Tufted Leather Club Chair
H 26 in. W 31 in. D 29 in.
Set of 4 Midcentury Ward Bennett Brickel Associates Ash & Leather Chairs
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates, elegant leather armchairs. Made from ash wood and stained in a walnut finish, upholstered in leather. Stunning set of chairs, leather...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

Materials

Ash, Leather

1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Leather Desk Conference Chair
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and associates barrel-back leather chair 4-star anodized bronze base swivel conference room chair in a rich brown leather. Chair swivels and is hei...
Category

1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

Materials

Leather

Ward Bennett Pair of Armchairs
By Ward Bennett
Located in Highland, IN
This pair of elegant, understated armchairs by Ward Bennett epitomize his design aesthetic: combining a refined sensibility with top quality materials and construction. These two cha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett

Materials

Upholstery, Ash

  • Ward Bennett Pair of Armchairs
  • Ward Bennett Pair of Armchairs
  • Ward Bennett Pair of Armchairs
  • Ward Bennett Pair of Armchairs
H 34.5 in. W 22.25 in. D 24 in.
Ward Bennett Leather Desk Chair
By Ward Bennett
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant leather desk chair by Ward Bennett for Brickell Associates. Beautiful deep brown cowhide seat with oil rubbed bronze metal base. Reclines and swivels. Height is adjustable. G...
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1980s American Vintage Ward Bennett

Materials

Metal

  • Ward Bennett Leather Desk Chair
  • Ward Bennett Leather Desk Chair
  • Ward Bennett Leather Desk Chair
  • Ward Bennett Leather Desk Chair
H 34.5 in. W 27 in. D 28 in.
Pair, Ward Bennet Oak Armchairs Ostrich Leather Upholstery Mid-Century Modern
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in Miami, FL
Rare find this pair of Ward Bennet oak armchairs with the original cognac brown Ostrich leather upholstery made by Brickel Associates in the late 1970. The oak wood frames have been...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett

Materials

Ostrich Leather, Oak

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Ward Bennett furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Ward Bennett furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Ward Bennett collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 88 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Ward Bennett's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Century Furniture, Design Institute America and James Mont. The prices for Ward Bennett furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$250 and tops out at US$16,500, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,625.

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