The story starts with a rug. In 1997, Bennett bought an antique Tibetan rug. He lived with it and after a few months thought, "I could make a better one." That single idea was the catalyst for Bennett Bean Studio's initial foray in objects designed for the home, rugs. He describes this experience by saying, "Making these rugs has been a little like falling in love; it starts with a chance event and then begins to take over your life. Each year you learn more and the relationship becomes richer." As implied by this quote, the runs began as only one of a number of projects in studio. 'Bennett Bean Studio' came into it's own in 2003 with the recognition of the "Red Zed" rug in the Metropolitan Home's Design 100. Since that time the design and production of unique, artist-based rugs has become a main focus of Bennett's. This focus sharpened in late 2004 when Elizabeth Rand became a part of the studio. Her arrival helped clarify the direction that the studio would take and gave the project renewed energy. Since that time, Bennett Bean Studio as expanded into the development and fabrication of metal furniture.