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Ward Bennett


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The first and only monograph to celebrate Ward Bennett, the leading American interior and furniture designer


Elizabeth Beer, Brian Janusiak, with an essay by Pilar Viladas


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Price: USD$95.00

The first and only monograph to celebrate Ward Bennett, the leading American interior and furniture designer.

Ward Bennett (1917-2003) was a leading American designer whose career spanned more than five decades. Born in New York, he left home at thirteen and got his start in the city's garment district. He eventually left the fashion world and began to reinvent himself as the Ward Bennett we know today: designing architecture, interiors, furniture, textiles, and objects, all with his vision for simple form paired with elegant materials. His reputation earned him some of the day's most affluent clients: David Rockefeller and Chase Manhattan Bank, Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Tiffany & Co., and Rolling Stone magazine cofounders and publishers Jann and Jane Wenner, among others. Even after his death, his signature rich minimalism continues to be recognized and awarded. This, the first and only comprehensive monograph covering Bennett’s career, brings to life his work through previously unpublished materials, including an interview with Bennett.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 270 x 205 mm (10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
Pages: 280 pp
Illustrations: 300 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714874739

Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak are principal partners of Various Projects, Inc., a multidisciplinary creative agency based in New York City.

Pilar Viladas writes about design and architecture. The former design editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, she is the author of several books, and has written for Architectural Digest, Town & Country, W, and Surface, among other publications.

"His belief in a sensual minimalism executed with elegance and a dash of industrial bravado has had a lasting impact on designers interested in achieving contemporary, understated luxury. He was one of the earliest American designers to introduce industrial materials into the home." —The New York Times

"I design interiors, and furniture and flatware, and so forth. But I think the way I live is maybe the most meaningful." —Ward Bennett

"[F]inally offer[s] a comprehensive look at the designer's career."—Architectural Digest

"The work of Ward Bennett, a giant of American 20th-Century design, finally gets a book."—The Cut

"Finally [...] Mr Bennett will get his book. His work, known for its modernism and measured aesthetic, is celebrated in a 280-page tome... Featuring photographs of apartments, penthouses and retreats in the Hamptons that Mr Bennett created for his clients, the book, simply titled Ward Bennett is a focus on the man whose work, according to The New York Times, "defined an era"... To capture all of Mr Bennett's design talents, the book is divided threefold into the following sections: architecture and interiors; furniture and textiles; and objects. Because Mr Bennett was so prolific in his work and applied his flair to multiple disciplines, there's a fair amount we can learn from him."—MrPorter.com

"[Ward Bennett] delighted in the art of living, the challenges of eliminating the unnecessary and the singularity of his own apparently boundless talents. Those talents have finally been chronicled, in a multifaceted monograph published by Phaidon this year, on the centenary of his birth."—1stdibs Introspective Magazine

"His belief in a sensual minimalism executed with elegance and a dash of industrial bravado has had a lasting impact on designers interested in achieving contemporary, understated luxury. He was one of the earliest American designers to introduce industrial materials into the home." —The New York Times

"I design interiors, and furniture and flatware, and so forth. But I think the way I live is maybe the most meaningful." —Ward Bennett

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