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Ward Bennett Tables

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
Pair of Ward Bennett I-Beam Coffee Tables
By Ward Bennett
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of matching Ward Bennett I-beam coffee tables with marble tops.
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1970s Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Marble

Pair Ward Bennet Black Enamel i Beam End Side Occasional Tables Stands Mint
By Ward Bennett
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair Ward Bennet black enamel 22"h I beam end side occasional tables stands mint.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Steel

Ward Bennett Claw Side Table for Brickel Associates
By Ward Bennett, Brickel Associates
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Minimalist side table by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates, circa 1970s, USA. The round table features a steel chrome plated frame with three tubular legs. The table earned its nam...
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1970s American Minimalist Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Ward Bennett Circular Glass and Chrome Plated Steel Coffee Table
By Ward Bennett
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century round coffee / cocktail table with a circular clear glass top resting on a three bar chrome plated steel base. (WARD BENN...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Metal, Steel, Chrome

Ward Bennett I-Beam Granite Coffee Table, 1970
By Ward Bennett
Located in Chicago, IL
Ward Bennet steel I-Beam steel and Granite coffee table, circa 1970. Original.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Granite, Steel

1 Ward Bennett for Brickel and Associates Bumper 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...
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Late 20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Brass

Ward Bennett Modern White 3078 I-Beam Table and Stool for Brickell, C. 1969, USA
By Ward Bennett, Geiger International
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ward Bennett modern white 3078 I-beam occasional table for Brickel Associates, 1960s, USA. Provenance: Brickel Associates; Property from a Private New York City Collection. Measures: 15"H x 12"W x 12"D. Bennett sought to create a design style that was uniquely American, versus the popular European design styles of the 1960s and 70's. His style was called "sensual minimalism" for his blending of industrial design and aesthetic look. He is considered one of the first designers to use industrial design and the industrial aesthetic in home design. Hailed by the American Institute of Architects, Bennett is credited as an American pioneer in the use of industrial materials for home furnishings – a prime example being his early ’60s I Beam Table, which employs a section of beam for a base. Ward Bennett’s career began at age 13, when he quit school to work in New York’s Garment District. At 16 he went to Europe and continued working in fashion. Despite attending art schools in Florence and Paris, he was mostly self-taught, with skills ranging from jewelry-making to interior design. “I learn from people,” he said, referencing influences including Georgia O’Keeffe. Bennett eventually settled in New York, where his reputation earned him many high-profile clients. Lyndon Johnson later asked Bennett to design a chair for his presidential library—“a cross between a barroom chair and a courtroom chair...
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Mid-20th Century American Organic Modern Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Steel

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 Tables

Materials

Steel

1970s Two-Tier Table by Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates
By Ward Bennett
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A two-tiered carved ash coffee or side table in natural oil finish with Brickel leather planar surfaces over four swivel casters. Model 1260. Marked on underside.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Ash, Leather

Ward Bennett Rosewood and Aluminum Coffee Table by Lehigh
By Ward Bennett, Lehigh Furniture Company
Located in Highland, IN
Ward Bennett's expert use of line and proportion are evident in this beautiful coffee table with a three legged aluminum base supporting a rich rosewood top.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Aluminum

Stunning Ward Bennett Stone and Aluminum Dining Table by Lehigh Furniture
By Ward Bennett
Located in Miami, FL
Beautiful stone top on aluminum base. Please see all pictures.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Stone, Metal

Two-Tiered Carrara Marble Table by Ward Bennett
By Brickel Associates, Ward Bennett
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A refined and elegant rectilinear coffee or low table having an exposed stainless steel frame supporting two figured Carrara marble slabs.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

Materials

Marble, Steel

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Previously Available Items
Pair of Ash and Leather Tables by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of ash framed tables with inset green leather tops. Designed by Ward Bennett for Brickel.
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1970s Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

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Leather

Ward Bennett Burl and Brass Dining Table for Brickell Assoc, 1978
By Ward Bennett
Located in Chicago, IL
Ward Bennett dining table for Brickel Associates. Fully restored. Polished brass base with refinished burl wood top.   
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

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Brass

Ward Bennett I-Beam Walnut Dining Table for Brickell Assoc. 1978
By Ward Bennett
Located in Chicago, IL
Ward Bennett I-Beam blackened steel dining table for Brickel Associates, circa 1978. Refinished walnut top 36 x 36.  
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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Bennett Geiger Square Chrome Glass Coffee Table X Base 1970s
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By Ward Bennett, Lehigh Leopold
Located in Miami, FL
Desk by Ward Bennett, black painted wooden top with drawer sitting on a aluminium base.
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H 29 in W 66 in D 36 in
Ward Bennett Ibeam Table
By Ward Bennett
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Iconic Bennett design is a clever appropriation of architectural form in the service of decorative simplicity. Black enameled cast aluminum evokes a section of iron ibeam, but is lig...
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1960s American Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

  • Ward Bennett Ibeam Table
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  • Ward Bennett Ibeam Table
H 14.5 in W 16 in D 16 in
Large Ward Bennett Conference Dining Table with Rosewood Top
By Ward Bennett
Located in New York, NY
Interesting three section dining or conference table designed by Ward Bennett for Lehigh Furniture. This table consists of three separate square top tables (each 42" square), each ha...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

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Aluminum

Ward Bennett Rosewood Executive Architectural Desk for Lehigh Furniture
By Ward Bennett
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful rosewood and aluminum desk designed by Ward Bennett for Lehigh Furniture, circa 1960s. Amazing form and design. Rosewood has great color and grain. Top has been refinished and hand oiled to bring out the original beauty of the rosewood wood. Aluminum base has been hand polished and has light normal scratches from age. This is a statement desk...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Tables

Oval Writing Table by Ward Bennett
By Ward Bennett, Lehigh Furniture Company
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Oval desk, writing or dining table by Ward Bennett for Lehigh Furniture Company.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ward Bennett Tables

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Aluminum

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By Ward Bennett
Located in Chicago, IL
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1960s American Vintage Ward Bennett Tables

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Wood, Leather

Ward Bennett tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Ward Bennett tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Ward Bennett tables, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original tables 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 tables by Cedric Hartman, Les Prismatiques, and William Doezema. Prices for Ward Bennett tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,300 and can go as high as $9,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,800.

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