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Monday, October 14, 2013

Ward Bennett Tufted Swivel Chair

Late 1960s - Early 1970s

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Swivel Club Chair 

Button Tufted Bone Colored Upholstery

Gorgeous Design that Swivels 360 Degrees 

Aluminum Star Base with Tilt Mechanism 

 Elegant Rounded Lines and Overall Contour

Graceful, yet Masculine

30" x 25" x 29"
Seat Height 16"

In Overall Very Good Vintage Condition



Ward Bennett's career began at age 13, when he quit school to work in the garment district in New York City. At 15, he designed his first clothing collection; at 16 he left for Europe, where he continued working on fashions. Bennett eventually settled back in New York, where his reputation earned him some of the day's most affluent clients: David Rockefeller and Chase Manhattan Bank, Tiffany & Co., Sasaki, Italian industrialist Gianni Agnelli, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner. Another—former President Lyndon Baines Johnson—asked Bennett to design a chair for his presidential library that would be "a cross between a barroom chair and a courtroom chair with a little Western saddle." Bennett designed more than 150 chairs, many of which have become classics, such as the Landmark chair, reintroduced by Geiger in 1993. (Bennett began working with Geiger in 1987, following his collaboration with Brickel Associates.)

Bennett, who died in 2003, is also considered the first American to use industrial materials for home furnishings, well before the high-tech look of the 1970s became popular. He was hailed by the American Institute of Architects for "transforming industrial hardware into sublime objects."

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