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Wormley Party Sofa

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Sofa Model 5407 in Dark Gray Leather
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Edward Wormley's iconic party sofa for Dunbar. Reupholstered in dark gray leather. A super comfortable sofa with loads of style. A design classic from the 1950s.  
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Party Sofa in Original Jack Lenor Larson Fabric by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A Classic Dunbar sofa by Edward Wormley that has been ensconced in plastic since leaving the showroom. Thereby preserving the spectacular and timeless fabric of Jack Lenor Larson in ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Party Sofa Model 5407 in Dark Brown Leather by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Berlin, DE
Modernist Chesterfield "Party Sofa" designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Gorgeous lines, super comfortable (very soft) with a Classic look.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Upholstery

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Sofa Model 5407, Pair Available
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Ready for new upholstery. Gorgeous lines, super comfortable, a classic look. We have two available. One in black leather and this one.  
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

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Vintage 8ft Dunbar Wormley Party Sofa
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage 8ft Dunbar Wormley Party Sofa 1950s design Large-scale iconic sofa in a chesterfield style. Reupholstery recommended. 6ft sofa available. See last photo
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

  • Vintage 8ft Dunbar Wormley Party Sofa
  • Vintage 8ft Dunbar Wormley Party Sofa
  • Vintage 8ft Dunbar Wormley Party Sofa
  • Vintage 8ft Dunbar Wormley Party Sofa
H 27 in. W 104 in. D 37 in.
Edward Wormley Party Sofa model #5407
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Great form,beautiful original orange leather. Designed ny Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Category

Vintage 1950s American Sofas

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

  • Edward Wormley Party Sofa model #5407
  • Edward Wormley Party Sofa model #5407
  • Edward Wormley Party Sofa model #5407
  • Edward Wormley Party Sofa model #5407
H 24.5 in. W 98 in. D 34.5 in.
Edward Wormley Black Leather "Party" Sofa For Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Edward Wormley Party sofa for Dunbar. Button-tufted Chesterfield in original black leather.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Dunbar Party Sofa - Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
"Party sofa" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Extra wide arms and back designed to allow additional seating when entertaining. Fully restored chesterfield. Newly upholstered in choco...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Wood, Mohair

  • Dunbar Party Sofa - Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Sofa - Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Sofa - Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Sofa - Edward Wormley
H 24 in. W 100 in. D 36 in.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Party" or Chesterfield Sofa
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Iconic Chesterfield sofa by Wormley for Dunbar. Fabric is in need of updating.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

"Party Sofa" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
"Party Sofa" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored and reupholstered in plush mohair.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Sofa model 5407
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Tufted Chesterfield style sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Party Sofa, c. 1954, label, Original brown velvet
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Leather Upholstered "Party 5407" Sofa
By Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture. New leather upholstery. Tufted seat and back.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Upholstery

Party Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar ( pair available )
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A Classic modernist Chesterfield "Part Sofa" designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Pair available.
Category

Vintage 1950s Sofas

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Tufted Chesterfield Party Sofa
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century tufted chesterfield party sofa This sofa measures 102 wide x 36 deep x 24.5 high, with a seat height of 16 inches and arm rest height of 24.5 i...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Sofa Model 5407 in Black Leather
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous lines, super comfortable, a classic look. We have two available. One in black leather and another that can be upholstered to match or both redone in fabric of choice.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather, Upholstery

Mid-Century Modern Party Tufted X-Long Sofa Wormley for Dunbar Style, 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a lovely, "party sofa", in the style of Edward Wormley for Dunbar, on brass casters, circa the 1950s. In very good vintage condition. The dimensions are 90"...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Pair Dunbar Tufted Leather Party Sofa Mid-Century Modern
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
Up for sale is a pair (2) of the iconic Party Sofa's by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Upholstered in a fantastic, camel color leather, the sofas are also tufted on the seat, arms and ba...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Leather

Edward Wormley 'Party' Sofa in Beige Fabric
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, sofa 'Party' model 5407, beige fabric, United States, 1950s. Fabric 'Party' sofa by American designer Edward Wormley. This sofa has an interesting appea...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

  • Edward Wormley 'Party' Sofa in Beige Fabric
  • Edward Wormley 'Party' Sofa in Beige Fabric
  • Edward Wormley 'Party' Sofa in Beige Fabric
  • Edward Wormley 'Party' Sofa in Beige Fabric
H 25.99 in. W 102.37 in. D 35.44 in.
Classic Edward Wormley for Dunbar Button-Tufted "Party Sofa"
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Buffalo, NY
Iconic Wormley "Party" sofa for Dunbar. Wormley's take on the Classic Chesterfield sofa with rolled arms and biscuit tufting. Reupholstered (within the past 5 years) in a winter whit...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautifully restored "Party" sofa designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Reupholstered in Fret's Mojave bouclé.
Category

Vintage 1950s Sofas

Materials

Fabric

  • Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
H 24 in. W 99 in. D 36 in.
6ft Vintage Midcentury Wormley Dunbar Party Sofa
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Wormley has pioneered in a broad field of design, he was one of those unique designers who was sensitive to the interplay involved in selling modernism and still preserving the nosta...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Monumental "Party Sofa" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Nearly 10' long "Party Sofa" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Vintage golden-yellow crushed velvet upholstery over recessed mahogany feet. Matching ottomans available separately.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Blue Velvet Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Iconic Dunbar party sofa in cerulean tufted blue velvet, designed by Edward Wormley. Large enough for a wonderful statement. However, the perfect size for bedroom, smaller reading ro...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet, Upholstery, Wood

Dunbar Party Settee by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley designed "Party Settee" Chesterfield sofa for Dunbar. Fully restored, new black mohair upholstery.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair

  • Dunbar Party Settee by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Settee by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Settee by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Party Settee by Edward Wormley
H 23 in. W 62 in. D 35 in.
Dunbar "Party Sofa" by Edward Worley, Model 7160
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Coveted "Party Sofa" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored and reupholstered in charcoal velvet.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Wormley Party Sofa For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal wormley party sofa for your home. Each wormley party sofa for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, upholstery and animal skin. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect wormley party sofa — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right wormley party sofa, those designed in Mid-Century Modern styles are of considerable interest.

How Much is a Wormley Party Sofa?

A wormley party sofa can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $13,900, while the lowest priced sells for $4,800 and the highest can go for as much as $48,000.

Edward Wormley Biography and Important Works

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 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 American 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.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s 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, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used 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 influence 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.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century 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, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

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

Finding the Right Sofas for You

Black leather, silk velvet cushions, breathable bouclé fabric — when shopping for antique, new or vintage sofas, today’s couch connoisseurs have much to choose from in terms of style and shape. But it wasn’t always thus. 

The sofa is typically defined as a long upholstered seat that features a back and arms and is intended for two or more people. While the term “couch” comes from the Old French couche, meaning to lie down, and sofa has Eastern origins, both are forms of divan, a Turkish word that means an elongated cushioned seat. No matter how you spell it, sofa just means comfort, at least it does today.

In the early days of sofa design, upholstery consisted of horsehair or dried moss. Sofas that originated in countries such as France during the 17th century were more integral to decor than they were to comfort. Like most baroque furnishings from the region, they frequently comprised heavy, gilded mahogany frames and were upholstered in floral Beauvais tapestry. Today, options abound when it comes to style and material, with authentic leather offerings and classy steel settees. Plush, velvet chesterfields represent the platonic ideal of coziness. 

Vladimir Kagan’s iconic sofa designs, such as the Crescent and the Serpentine — which, like the sectional sofas of the 1960s created by furniture makers such as Harvey Probber, are quite popular among mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — showcase the spectrum of style available to modern consumers. Those looking to make a statement can turn to Studio 65’s lip-shaped Bocca sofa, which was inspired by the work of Salvador Dalí.

With so many options, it’s important to explore and find the perfect furniture for your space. Paying attention to the lines of the cushions as well as the flow from the backrest into the arms is crucial to identifying a cohesive new piece for your home or office.

Fortunately, with styles from every era — and even round sofas — there’s a luxurious piece for every space. Deck out your living room with an Art Deco lounge or go retro with a nostalgic '80s design. No matter your sitting vision, the right piece is waiting for you in the expansive collection of antique, new and vintage sofas on 1stDibs.