A much-revered figure in the design world, Ward Bennett is famed for his minimalist style and use of industrial design in the home. Encompassing a broad portfolio, Bennett has worked across a broad range of forms including furniture, interiors, pottery, tableware, and sculpture. This November, Phaidon will publish the first and only comprehensive monograph covering Ward Bennett’s professional career. Through 300 beautiful images this book brings to life his little-archived work while insightful text highlights how this pioneering figure of design is respected to this day.
Acclaimed designer Ward Bennett is revered for his iconic fusion of beauty and utility, simple forms and elegant materials. His unerring knack for combining the old and the new, the austere and the ornate, makes his rich minimalist style highly influential. With a rich history of esteemed and affluent clients including – David Rockefeller and Chase Manhattan Bank, Tiffany & Co., Sasaki, and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, Ward Bennett’s work has a timeless elegance and dedicated following.
Organised by discipline, each chapter is devoted to a specific element of Ward Bennett’s illustrious design, comprising of ‘Architecture and Interiors’, ‘Furniture and Textiles’, and ‘Objects’. An insightful interview with Ward Bennett, conducted in 1973 by Paul Cumming for the Archives of American Art, provides fascinating insight into the esteemed designer’s working practice, philosophy, unique outlook and eminent career. Complete with an illustrated timeline of Ward Bennett’s life and portfolio, and a further ‘Details’ section providing a closer look at the genius minutiae of his fascinating work, this comprehensive monograph offers the reader a unique and exclusive view into the designers’ motivations and working methods.
A series of new and archival photography illustrate Ward Bennett’s wide-ranging collection in a variety of fields from studio shots and design sketches, to models and form studies. Thoughtfully interspersed throughout the book, these striking images allow a unique insight into the design and inspiration of Ward Bennett’s creative practice. They also shift the focus from the theoretical to the tangible, enabling the reader to truly appreciate the beauty of each project.
Ward Bennett offers an unprecedented insight into the pioneering designer’s creativity and enterprise. This striking and momentous publication is perfect for design enthusiasts, collectors, students and fans of Ward Bennett’s spectacular portfolio.
Ward Bennett has been written by Elizabeth Beer & Brian Janusiak with an essay by Pilar Viladis. It will be published on 6 November 2017 by Phaidon, priced at £59.95.