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Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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.

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Creator: Ward Bennett
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...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Set of 12 Chairs by Ward Bennett for Brickel
By Ward Bennett
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of twelve armchairs designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel. Ash frames with original brick red doeskin leather.
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1980s Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Ash

1 Ward Bennett Oak Mohair Bankers Executive Chair Bronze Base
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Ward Bennett oak mohair executive chair Designed 1967 Rare version of task chair. Original mohair upholstery with oak frames. Bronze adjustable base with castors. 6 available....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Bronze

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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Fabric

Caned Desk Chair by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Dallas, TX
A fully caned tilt / swivel desk chair designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel. Several available. Priced individually.
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1960s Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Ash

1970s Upholstered Ash Armchair by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates
By Brickel Associates, Ward Bennett
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An elegant and comfortable armchair having a fluid and bold ash frame seamlessly encasing a seat upholstered in vintage green wool fabric. Upholstery recommended.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Ash

Pair Ward Bennett Leather Chairs for Brickell Associates
By Brickel Associates, Ward Bennett
Located in New York, NY
Pair Ward Bennett leather chairs for Brickell Associates. The chairs are leather with a metal bronzed finish base and four casters.
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1970s Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

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 Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

Sleek Ward Bennett for Lehigh Naugahyde Barrell Back Desk Chairs
By Ward Bennett, Lehigh Furniture Company
Located in Hudson, NY
Ward Bennett amazingly sleek designed office chair on aluminium star base. 3 available. All good condition with the exception of the naugahyde upholstery. All have some small tears a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Aluminum

1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Leather Desk Chair
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Barrel-Back leather desk chair 4-star anodized bronze base swivel conference room chair in a brown leather with walnut trim. Chair ...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Navy Blue Mohair Executive Swivel Chair by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Danville, CA
Stunning reclining Executive swivel chair by Ward Bennett for Brickel. The chair is in beautiful original condition. The chrome base and slimline casters are also in excellent condit...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Steel

Ward Bennett Executive Desk Chair
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in Chicago, IL
Mahogany dyed original leather with white oak trim accents, oak chrome base. Chair tilts and swivels with adjustable height. Dimensions of the heights are as pictured and can be adju...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates 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...
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1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Metal

Barrel-Back Desk Chair by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A barrel-back desk chair with the original channel-stitched black leather upholstery, on an X-form caster base. Please inquire for upholstery options.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Chrome

1960s Desk Chair by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A desk chair with original sage upholstery, on an X-form base. Casters can be added.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Metal

Ward Bennett Caned Desk Chair for Brickel Associates
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in Round Rock, TX
Offered is a beautiful and rare fully caned desk chair designed by Ward Bennett, and produced by Brickel Associates. We have a total of three available. Please note the upholstery is...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

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Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Desk Conference Chair
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
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1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Bumper Desk Conference Chair
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
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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...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

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Pair of Ward Bennett Landmark Cane Armchairs for Brickel and Associates
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...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Cane, Oak

One Midcentury Ward Bennett Landmark Cane Armchair for Brickel and Associates
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...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Cane, Oak

One Midcentury Ward Bennett Landmark Cane Armchair for Brickel and Associates
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...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Cane, Oak

Pair Of Ward Bennett For Brickel Arm Chairs
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of mid century modern armchairs designed by Ward Bennett and made by Brickel Associates. Bentwood frames with medallion backs.
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1970s American Vintage Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

1 Ward Bennett For Brickel Fabric Upholstered Arm Chair
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
One armchair designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel. Cherry frames with rich floral upholstery. 8 available.
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Late 20th Century Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Cherry

1 Ward Bennett Oak Mohair Bankers Executive Chair Bronze Base
By Ward Bennett
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Ward Bennett oak mohair executive chair Designed 1967 Rare version of task chair. Original mohair upholstery with oak frames. Bronze adjustable base with castors. 6 available....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Bronze

Dauphin Stilo Conference with 5 Star Base by Jessica Engelhardt
By Plan Dauphine
Located in Pasadena, TX
Dauphin Stilo conference with 5 star base and casters Stilo’s clean lines with rounded edges and wide, uninterrupted surfaces offers the perfect platform for showcasing any of Dauph...
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Late 19th Century North American Modern Antique Ward Bennett Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Ward Bennett office chairs and desk chairs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Ward Bennett office chairs and desk chairs are available for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Ward Bennett collection of office chairs and desk chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 13 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Ward Bennett's original office chairs and desk chairs were created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider office chairs and desk chairs from Edward Wormley, Dunbar and Brickel Associates if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Ward Bennett office chairs and desk chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $850 and tops out at $7,795, while pieces like these can sell for $2,900 on average.

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