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Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Club Chair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Single Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar club chair with older re-upholstery on thick tapered legs
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Green Leather Top Game Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
on four square wooden legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

Materials

Wood, Leather

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Company Square Wooden Game Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
sabre legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

Materials

Wood

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Wooden Wedge Top Pedestal Desk
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
concealed within. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Wood

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Beige Upholstered Fluted Leg Lounge Armchair
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
small skirt concealing four fluted legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY).
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Fabric

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Walnut Chifferobe / Dressing Cabinet
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
opens upward to reveal a concealed mirror and a beige painted interior. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Wood, Mirror, Walnut

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Wood and Brass Tube Writing Desk
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
base. (Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Company).      
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Rose Pink Fabric Upholstered Three Seat Sofa
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
removable seat cushions and four removable back cushions. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)  
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery

Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet with Asian Hardware
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar cabinet with brass Asian hardware. All original
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Vinyl Leopard Print Upholstered Three Seat Sofa
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
removable seat cushions, resting on three sets of square walnut legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery, Wood

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar 'in Clover' Tufted Black Leather Office Chair
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
. (Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Furniture CO.)  
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Crushed Gold Velour and Walnut Lounge Armchair
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
walnut legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar 'in Clover' Tufted Gray Leather Office Chair
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE CO.)(Similar pieces: DUF0412, DUF0413)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar High Back Taupe Lounge Armchair and Ottoman
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
ottoman skirts concealing short brass legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)(PRICED AS SET)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass, Metal

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Blue Diamond Patterned Lounge Armchair and Ottoman
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
legs ending in brass ball casters.(EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)(PRICED AS SET)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Red Upholstered Swivel Lounge Chair and Footstool
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
antimacassars, each resting on wood and brass swiveling pedestal bases. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar 'In Clover' Tufted Red Leather Rolling Office Chair
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE CO.)  
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar / Janus Japanese Wood Block, Walnut, and Rosewood
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
additional four cabinets with adjustable shelves and three drawers. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR / JANUS).  
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

Materials

Rosewood, Wood, Walnut

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Circular Blond Maple Two-Tier End / Side T
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
concealed within. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY).
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Maple, Wood

Mid-Century Executive Walnut Desk by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Wonderful mid-century executive walnut desk designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Brass

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar Slate Top and Walnut Drop Leaf Serving Trolley
Located in New York, NY
casters. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Stone

Impressive 1950s Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Large Dark Mahogany Dining Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
This is want I believe to be a rare Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar dining table, circa 1950, from one
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Mahogany

Edward J Wormley for Dunbar mid century 3 seats Canape
By Edward Wormley
Located in Bruxelles, BE
Edward J Wormley has for a while worked with Jules Wabbes and le Mobilier Universel . This is the
Category

Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Canapes

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Maple Three-Drawer Slant Front Chest
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
pulls, resting on four tapered square wooden legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY).
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Maple, Wood

Set of 6 Edward Wormley for Dunbar 'Riemerschmid' Black and Green Dining Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
bright green upholstered slip seats. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)(PRICED AS SET).
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Paint, Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Blue Striped Upholstered Walnut Frame 'Janus'
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
walnut legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY).  
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Walnut, Fabric, Upholstery

Set of 4 Edward Wormley for Dunbar Patterned Mauve Upholstered Dining Side Chair
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE CO.)(PRICED AS SET)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut, Cane, and Tan Leather 'Janus' Lounge Armchair
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
angled square walnut legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY).  
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Upholstery, Walnut, Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut, Cane, and Tan Leather 'Janus' Lounge Armchair
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
angled square walnut legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY)(Similar piece: DUF0410)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Upholstery, Wood, Walnut

Set of 6 Edward Wormley for Dunbar Patterned Pastel Upholstered Dining Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
tapered walnut legs. (EDWARD J WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE CO.)(PRICED AS SET)
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Four-Seat Sofa in Off-White Upholstery
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar, sofa, fabric and wood, United States, circa 1970 The white
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Expertly Restored - Edward J. Wormley Tufted Lounge Chair for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern lounge chair designed by American furniture designer, Edward J. Wormley, for
Category

Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Expertly Restored - Edward J. Wormley Tufted Lounge Chair for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern lounge chair designed by American furniture designer, Edward J. Wormley, for
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

Edward J. Wormley Model 5272A Dresser with Brass Taper Legs for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful dresser designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United States circa 1950’s
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

Pair of Edward J. Wormley Janus Lounge Chairs for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Wayne, NJ
A set of 2 Edward J. Wormley Janus lounge chairs for Dunbar. If you are in the New Jersey , New
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Edward J. Wormley Leather Top & Brass Coffee Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward J. Wormley Leather Top & Brass Coffee Table for Dunbar Introducing the Edward J. Wormley
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Edward J. Wormley Lounge Chair and Ottoman circa 1950s for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward J. Wormley lounge chair and ottoman for Dunbar circa 1950s on solid brass castors. The
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

Expertly Restored - Edward J. Wormley "Janus" Boucle Slipper Chairs for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Walnut

Expertly Restored - Edward J. Wormley Night Stands with Bookshelves for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Walnut

Expertly Restored - Edward J. Wormley Cognac Leather Slipper Chairs for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood, Walnut

Vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Occasional Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Forney, TX
20th century, DUNBAR and Edward J Wormley became true icons in American design and furniture history
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Brass

Expertly Restored - Edward J. Wormley "Long John" Walnut Coffee Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood, Walnut, Bentwood

Early 1940s Edward J. Wormley Elegant Armchairs for Dunbar in Dark Expresso x 2
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early 1940s Edward J. Wormley Elegant Neoclassical Style occasional arm chairs for Dunbar model No
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Mahogany

Mid-Century Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Occasional Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Forney, TX
DUNBAR era; During the middle of the 20th century, DUNBAR and Edward J Wormley became true icons in
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Slipper Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
, from Dunbar's website, "A leading American furniture designer for over four decades, Edward J Wormley
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Early Wingback Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, c. 1940s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
harmonizes with diverse settings. Literature: Dunbar for Modern. Edward J Wormley was a noted American
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Leather Swivel Lounge Chairs Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
remarkable look. A leading American furniture designer for over four decades, Edward J Wormley possessed a
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Two Mid-Century "Bermuda" Benches by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage 1940's "Bermuda" benches model #4962 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar FurnitureBerne
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Benches

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair Janus Wing Chairs with Ottomans by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare set of "Janus" wing chairs and ottomans designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. One of his
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Wood, Velvet

Pair of Dunbar Wingback Lounge Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
American furniture designer for over four decades, Edward J. Wormley possessed a personal flair for
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Cane, Wood

Edward Wormley Black Leather Janus Lounge Chair, Model 5701, Dunbar, 1957
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
seat 'Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Corporation Berne Indiana'. Literature:Edward J. Wormley
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Ash

Rare Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Dunbar Walnut Corner Bookcase Console 38"
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dayton, OH
creating fine furnishings for the home. In 1931, Edward J. Wormley joined Dunbar as a young designer
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Metal

MCM Dunbar Coffee or End Table Square Parsons Style by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Topeka, KS
designer Edward J. Wormley to Dunbar and the rest as they say, is history. Wormley brought a global
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar MCM Burl Wood Centre or Cocktail Round Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Plainview, NY
Edward Wormley Mid Century Modern for Dunbar burl wood center or cocktail round Table. A timeless
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood, Burl

Edward Wormley "New York" Sofa Version 5316 for DUX, Sweden 1950s
By Edward Wormley
Located in Utrecht, NL
", Uppsala, 1961, p 71 (wrongly attributed to Alf Svensson) About the designer: Edward J Wormley (December
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Linen, Wood

vintage sofa Edward Wormley Dux sofa "New York"
By Dux of Sweden, Edward Wormley
Located in GRONINGEN, NL
vintage sofa Edward Wormley Dux sofa "New York" Rare sofa by American designer Edward J
Category

Vintage 1950s Swedish Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Wood

vintage sofa  Edward Wormley  Dux  sofa "New York"
vintage sofa  Edward Wormley  Dux  sofa "New York"
H 29.93 in W 90.56 in D 29.53 in
Dunbar Lounge Chair with Custom Legs Designed by Jane Graham
By Dunbar Jane Graham
Located in Chicago, IL
Dunbar lounge chair with custom designed legs by Jane J. Graham. Before starting her own design
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Stainless Steel

Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Janus Armchair, United States, 1958
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
This deep armchair, designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar, features sleek, modern lines and
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Sideboard
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar for modern 1940s bleached mahogany sideboard, center stepped out, inset
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

1940s Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Mid-Century Mahogany Bookshelf End Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
tier bookshelf by Edward J. Wormley. Rounded legs, has divider in center to hold books in place
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Mahogany

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Edward J Wormley For Dunbar For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the edward j wormley for dunbar you’re looking for. A edward j wormley for dunbar — often made from wood, mahogany and fabric — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a edward j wormley for dunbar, we have 4332 options in-stock, while there are 1 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect edward j wormley for dunbar — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. Each edward j wormley for dunbar bearing Mid-Century Modern, Modern or Hollywood Regency hallmarks is very popular. Edward Wormley, Dunbar and Gertrud and Otto Natzler each produced at least one beautiful edward j wormley for dunbar that is worth considering.

How Much is a Edward J Wormley For Dunbar?

A edward j wormley for dunbar can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $5,180, while the lowest priced sells for $20 and the highest can go for as much as $69,500.

Edward Wormley for sale on 1stDibs

As the longtime director of design for the Dunbar furniture company, Edward Wormley was, along with such peers as George Nelson at Herman Miller Inc., and Florence Knoll of Knoll Inc., one of the leading forces in bringing modern design into American homes in the mid-20th century. Not an axiomatic modernist, Wormley deeply appreciated traditional design, and consequently his vintage seating, storage cabinets, bar carts and other work has an understated warmth and a timeless quality that sets it apart from other furnishings of the era.

Wormley was born in rural Illinois and as a teenager took correspondence courses from the New York School of Interior Design. He later attended the Art Institute of Chicago but ran out of money for tuition before he could graduate. Marshall Field hired Wormley in 1930 to design a line of reproduction 18th-century English furniture; the following year he was hired by the Indiana-based Dunbar, where he quickly distinguished himself. It was a good match.

Dunbar was an unusual firm: it did not use automated production systems; its pieces were mostly hand-constructed. For his part, Wormley did not use metal as a major component of furniture; he liked craft elements such as caned seatbacks, tambour drawers, or the woven-wood cabinet fronts seen on his Model 5666 sideboard of 1956. He designed two lines for Dunbar each year — one traditional, one modern — until 1944, by which time the contemporary pieces had become the clear best sellers.

Many of Wormley’s signature pieces — chairs, sofas, tables and more — are modern interpretations of traditional forms. His 1946 Riemerschmid Chair — an example is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art — recapitulates a late 19th-century German design. The long, slender finials of his Model 5580 dining chairs are based on those of Louis XVI chairs; his Listen-to-Me Chaise (1948) has a gentle Rococo curve; the “Precedent” line that Wormley designed for Drexel Furniture in 1947 is a simplified, pared-down take on muscular Georgian furniture. But he could invent new forms, as his Magazine table of 1953, with its bent wood pockets, and his tiered Magazine Tree (1947), both show. And Wormley kept his eye on design currents, creating a series of tables with tops that incorporate tiles and roundels by the great modern ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler.

As the vintage items on 1stDibs demonstrate, Edward Wormley conceived of a subdued sort of modernism, designing furniture that fits into any decorating scheme and does not shout for attention.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.