Ward Bennett at 100
Celebrating the centenary—and new monograph—of a design Renaissance man
Written by: The Editors
Artwork by: Dress Code
For Ward Bennett fans like us, 2017 is a year to celebrate. Not only is it the centenary of the celebrated designer, but it also marks the publication of Ward Bennett, the first-ever monograph on the polymath behind the furniture, interiors, and objects that have come to define a certain late-twentieth-century modernist sophistication. And yet, Bennett still flies under the radars of all save the most cognizant of the design cognoscenti. To better introduce the man and his work—much of it currently in production by Geiger, one of Herman Miller’s family of brands—WHY offers a new video based on a television interview from 1981 to share how Ward worked and the way he thought about design. In addition to the video, we’re excited to share the foreward to the book, an essay from the British architect, and noted minimalist John Pawson. With his innate elegance and emphasis on elemental forms, textures, and experiences, Pawson is an ideal candidate to appreciate Bennett who himself sought to pare everything—from pottery to flatware to Manhattan apartments—down to its essence.
“In life and design, try to pull it all down to a minimum.”