Partial view of the seat and back of a black leather Sled Chair.
Product designer Ward Bennett seated on a Sled Chair.

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Ward Bennett

Ward Bennett’s career began at age 13, when he quit school to work in New York’s Garment District. At 16 he went to Europe and continued working in fashion.

Despite attending art schools in Florence and Paris, he was mostly self-taught, with skills ranging from jewelry-making to interior design. “I learn from people,” he said, referencing influences including Georgia O’Keeffe.

Bennett eventually settled in New York, where his reputation earned him many high-profile clients. Lyndon Johnson later asked Bennett to design a chair for his presidential library—“a cross between a barroom chair and a courtroom chair with a little Western saddle.”

“I design interiors and furniture and flatware and so forth, but I think the way I live is maybe the most meaningful.”

- Ward Bennett

With simplicity and comfort in mind, Bennett began working with Geiger in 1987. He designed more than 150 chairs, many of them classics, including the Landmark, reintroduced by Geiger in 1993.

Bennett, who died in 2003, is considered the first American to use industrial materials for home furnishings. He was hailed by the American Institute of Architects for “transforming industrial hardware into sublime objects.” Many of his designs are in the permanent collection at MoMA, as well as in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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