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Oral history interview with Ward Bennett, 1973 February 13

Bennett, Ward, 1917-2003



Collection Information

Size: 33 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 6 min.

Summary: An interview of Ward Bennett, conducted 1973 February 13, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ward Bennett (1917-2003) was an interior, furniture, and textile designer, and sculptor from New York, New York. Bennett is credited as the originator of the high-tech interior style, conversation pit, sunken living room, and U-shaped sofa.


This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

Language Note

English .


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Ward Bennett, 1973 February 13. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.