Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swiveling Barrel/ Button Back Chairs by Ward Bennett For Sale
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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Swiveling Barrel/ Button Back Chairs by Ward Bennett


This stunning pair of chairs were realized by the illustrious American designer Ward Bennett, circa 1970. With a design sensibility that he termed "sensual minimalism," Bennett pursued aesthetic expressions that were distinctly modern and American, and tended towards a monochromatic palate. This pair of chairs personify Bennett's aesthetic that the New York Times declared as defining "an era." They feature channeled backs and tufted seats with an abundance of button detailing. Bennett left the backs of the chair unadorned creating a dynamic formal contrast between textural maximalism and minimalism. They sit on circular ebonized walnut swiveling bases, and have been newly reupholstered in smoked platinum mohair. As a jeweler, sculptor, interior designer and furniture maker (to name only a few of his exploits), Bennett did it all. He trained under Constantin Brancusi at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, before moving to California where he worked as a window dresser. He then moved to New York where he continued to work as a window dresser, studying art and design at night under the tutelage of Hans Hoffman. He shared a studio during this period with Louise Nevelson. Bennett's clients included David Rockefeller, Gianni Agnelli, Jann Wenner among many others. With their sleek silhouettes and classically inspired- yet forward looking- design, these chairs would be a winning addition to any style of interior from neoclassical to Mid Century Modern and contemporary. Excellent condition. American, circa 1970 Dimensions: 31" W X 27" D X 25" H Seat height: 16.5".


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  • Dimensions
    H 25 in. x W 31 in. x D 27 in.H 63.5 cm x W 78.74 cm x D 68.58 cm
  • Seat Height
    16.5 in. (41.91 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
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