Barrel-Back Desk Chairs by Ward Bennett
Nice surviving set of channel black desk chairs in original black naugahyde with chrome castors. We have 8 in total. All presentable as is, but in need of reupholstery after 50 years. Ward Bennett, November 17, 1917 – August 13, 2003) was an American designer, artist and sculptor. The New York Times described his work as defining "an era." In 1944 his ceramics were in the Whitney Museum annual exhibition. After visiting and returning from Mexico, he showed his jewelry at the Museum of Modern Art. In the mid-1940s he started doing interior design. 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 in home design. He had designed over 100 chairs by 1979. He also created furniture, flatware, dresses, jewelry and homes. He worked for Sasaki, Japan, Chase, David Rockefeller, Gianni Agnelli, Tiffany & Co., and Jann Wenner. In the 1970s he was resident designer at Brickel Associates. He designed the "University Chair" for Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. As of 1979 he had designed over 100 different chairs. He had a strong interest in chair design because he had back problems of his own.
Height: 33 in.
Width: 23.5 in
Height: 33 in