''It looked like nothing, but no one could copy that level of quality. It was the real thing.''
So said furniture gallery owner Liz O'Brien, quoted in The New York Times, of designer Ward Bennett. ''His work epitomized the minimal style of the 70's."
A designer's designer, Ward Bennett's work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, among others, and is said to have "quietly defined an era." He designed over 150 chairs, many of them now iconic, and was among the first to employ the use of industrial materials for home furnishings and interior design, preempting by decades the industrial-chic trends of more recent years.
This sofa by Ward Bennett was produced in several iterations, but our favorite is this, with its deep tufting and minimal, heavy steel base holding aloft what is essentially a Chesterfield stripped down to its simplest, sleekest form. Reupholstered in a dark cherry cordovan leather, there is no other sofa like this one in the world.
- L x D x H
- 74 in x 32 in x 29 in