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"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 Party Server Dry Bar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Party server bar, Model 5433 This bar cart features one drawer and one door concealing two adjustable shelves along with one 27-inch fold down table top ex...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Brass

  • Edward Wormley Party Server Dry Bar
  • Edward Wormley Party Server Dry Bar
  • Edward Wormley Party Server Dry Bar
  • Edward Wormley Party Server Dry Bar
H 32 in. W 28 in. D 21 in.
Dunbar Party Chairs with Ottomans by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley "Party Chairs" with rare rolling ottomans. Dunbar model 7160. Fully restored and reupholstered. Ottomans measures 24 long x 18 deep x 13 tall.
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Edward Wormley Dunbar Party Server Bar
By Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar "party server" or bar cabinet on wheels. Rare and iconic early Wormley design. When extended the top becomes 53.5"L.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Brass

  • Edward Wormley Dunbar Party Server Bar
  • Edward Wormley Dunbar Party Server Bar
  • Edward Wormley Dunbar Party Server Bar
  • Edward Wormley Dunbar Party Server Bar
H 31.5 in. W 27.5 in. D 21 in.
Party Chesterfield Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Party Chesterfield sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, model 5407 new foam, reupholstered with great plains cotton-velvet. “D“ label attached underside.   
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Upholstery

Blue Velvet Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Server Bar Cart
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party server bar cart, Model 5433 Features one drawer and one door concealing two adjustable shelves along with one 27-inch fold down table top extension; ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

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

Party Sofa in Original Jack Lenor Larson Fabric by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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 ...
Category

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 Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

6ft Vintage Midcentury Wormley Dunbar Party Sofa
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Server
By Edward Wormley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Wormley's rolling party cart for Dunbar with sliding black formica top which can be folded to the side when not in use. Lots of storage underneath for a cocktail party all served fr...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Walnut, Formica

  • Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Server
  • Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Server
  • Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Server
  • Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Server
H 31.5 in. W 53.5 in. D 21.5 in.
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

Pair of Dunbar" Party" Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of large-scale tufted party club chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Two pairs available as well as a pair of sofas.
Category

Vintage 1950s Club Chairs

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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Sofa model 5407
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

Dunbar Chesterfield Lounge "Party Chairs" by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Modern Chesterfield tufted lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. *Part sofa and settee also available
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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 No 5407 Party Settee and Lounge Chair Set
By Edward Wormley
Located in Munich, DE
Wonderful black patinated leather. Made by Dunbar. Sofa 170 cm wide. Lounge chair 110 cm wide.
Category

Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Party Sofa Model 5407 in Black Leather
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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 Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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

Cocktail Party Table by Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A unique two-tier circular low table with a glass top, ebonized mahogany, a center container with removable wine carrier, on recessed casters. Design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Category

Vintage 1960s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Glass

Edward Wormley “Party” Sofa For Dunbar
Located in San Francisco, CA
Luxuriously upholstered Holland & Sherry pine silk velvet sofa. Originally designed by Edward Wormley, contemporary angles in classic Chesterfield style square tufted, newly re-uphol...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Sofas

Materials

Wood, Velvet

  • Edward Wormley “Party” Sofa For Dunbar
  • Edward Wormley “Party” Sofa For Dunbar
  • Edward Wormley “Party” Sofa For Dunbar
  • Edward Wormley “Party” Sofa For Dunbar
H 24 in. W 92.5 in. D 36.25 in.
Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
Tufted Party Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, on recessed casters and newly reupholstered in a luxurious Florentine mohair.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair

  • 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 24.5 in. W 99 in. D 36 in.
Green Party Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1954
By Edward Wormley
Located in Nürnberg, DE
This "Party" sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar is a take on the Classic Chesterfield sofa with rolled arms and biscuit tufting. This sofa is upholstered in a green mohair velvet.
Category

20th Century Central American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Mohair

  • Green Party Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1954
  • Green Party Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1954
  • Green Party Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1954
  • Green Party Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1954
H 25.6 in. W 101.19 in. L 25.6 in.
Edward Wormley Black Leather "Party" Sofa For Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dundar
Located in New York, NY
Luxurious black leather sofa by Edward Wormley. The soft supple leather is still in great condition on this roomy comfortable couch.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Sofas

Materials

Leather

Party Server Bar, Model 5433 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
This bar cart features one drawer and one door concealing one adjustable shelf along with one 27-inch fold down table top extension; table top measures twenty-seven inches when folde...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Dry Bars

Materials

Brass

Dunbar Edward Wormley Chesterfield Party Sofa Model 5407
Located in Baltimore, MD
Edward Wormley Chesterfield Party Sofa Model 5407 upholstered in tufted wool fabric.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Sofas

Materials

Wood

Edward Wormley 'Party' Sofa in Beige Fabric
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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 Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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.
Dunbar Party Settee by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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.
Monumental "Party Sofa" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

Dunbar "Party Sofa" by Edward Worley, Model 7160
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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 For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the wormley party you’re looking for at 1stDibs. A wormley party — often made from fabric, upholstery and wood — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the wormley party you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 20th Century to those made as recently as the 20th Century. When you’re browsing for the right wormley party, those designed in Mid-Century Modern styles are of considerable interest. You’ll likely find more than one wormley party that is appealing in its simplicity, but Edward Wormley and Dunbar produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Wormley Party?

A wormley party can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $11,950, while the lowest priced sells for $4,500 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 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 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.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.