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Ward Bennett Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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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Creator: Ward Bennett
Ward Bennett Burlwood Cabinet for Brickel Associates Inc.
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates, Geiger International
Located in Houston, TX
Ward Bennett nine drawer cabinet Brickell Furniture burlwood USA c 1960s Nine drawer cabinet with inset chrome ring handles, includes two...
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Ward Bennett Etagere
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This etagere designed by Ward Bennett is a stunning piece of furniture that perfectly embodies the designer's minimalist aesthetic. This etagere features a cylindrical shape, which i...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Ward Bennett case pieces and storage cabinets 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 case pieces and storage cabinets, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Ward Bennett were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by James Bearden, Gordon Bunshaft, and Mel Smilow. Prices for Ward Bennett case pieces and storage cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,700 and can go as high as $8,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,000.

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