Considered the first American designer to use industrial materials for home furnishings, Ward Bennett pioneered modern and simplistic design in furniture. Ward Bennett began his design journey in the clothing industry in New York City. At age 13 he quit school to begin designing clothing and at 16 left New York City for Europe. Mostly self taught, Ward Bennett eventually returned to New York City where he designed furniture and interior layouts for some of the most recognizable names of that era: David Rockefeller, Chase Manhattan Bank, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, Lyndon B Johnson, and more. While his designs are certainly beautiful, modern works, above all Ward Bennett focused on comfort and functionality, always striving for the perfect user experience. Bennett often incorporated industrial elements in his designs and shied away from excess, relying on simple, elegant and functional forms to carry his work. During the 1980s Bennett partnered with Geiger international, eventually becoming responsible for the creative direction of the company during the 1980s and 1990s. Today some of his most iconic pieces, like the Scissor and Sled Chairs are proudly produced by Geiger, preserving Bennett's work while holding true to his principles of simplicity and comfort.