DESIGN: Ward Bennett

Double Helix flatware for Sasaki, 1985, MOMA permanent collection

Crystal vase, 1960, MOMA permanent collection

In a career spanning postwar austerity to 80’s excesses, Mr. Bennett designed everything from furniture to dresses, from homes to jewelry. His clients included Gianni Agnelli, the Italian industrialist; David Rockefeller and the Chase Manhattan Bank; Tiffany’s; and Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.

He was one of the earliest American designers to introduce industrial materials into the home, well before the high-tech look became popular in the 70’s.

”I design interiors, and furniture and flatware, and so forth. But I think the way I live is maybe the most meaningful.” Ward Bennett 1917-2003

Circa 1965, for Lehigh Leopold Sofa. Reupholstered in blue Spinneybeck leather, $14,000 at


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