Designer Ward Bennet has commented that “Real beauty asks to be used.” In the case of his scissor lounge chair, it’s utilitarian beauty reused: The chaise transatlantique, the ubiquitous deck chair from the heyday of ocean liners. Bennett took the chaise’s scissor-like frame with hammock seat and translated it into a more substantial design with a welded steel tube frame and padded seat and back covered in black Modern Classic Leather. The result is eye-catching comfort that complements any space. Designed by Geiger for Herman Miller®, a manufacturer in MoMA’s collection. Made in the USA.
Ward Bennett left school at 13 to begin working in New York City’s Garment District. That began a period of learning by doing, gaining hands-on experience in several crafts and trades. He cites several prominent influences, including Hans Hoffman and Georgia O’Keeffe, but his greatest teachers were the unsung makers of everyday objects. By the mid 1960s, he was ahead of the curve in introducing an industrial aesthetic into furnishings and housewares. As the AIA put it, his genius was in "transforming industrial hardware into sublime objects.” His impressive and varied list of clients includes Chase Manhattan Bank, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, and President Lyndon Johnson. He designed more than 150 different chairs, some of which are still in production today. His work—from paperweights to flatware—is represented in MoMA’s collection.