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Dunbar

American

Revered for its handcrafted and highly collectible mid-century modern sofas, coffee tables and other furnishings, Dunbar Furniture was founded in 1910 in Berne, Indiana, but it didn’t gain widespread recognition until the ’30s, following the introduction of its president to a designer who would leave an indelible mark on the company’s legacy: Edward Wormley.

After a stint at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Oswego, Illinois-born Wormley worked as an interior designer for Marshall Field’s before joining Dunbar in 1931. Initially focused on developing the company’s cheapest furniture line, which could be bought with soap coupons, he was soon leading Dunbar Furniture into a new era of residential furniture for modern American homes. He would serve as the company’s design director for over three decades, designing about 150 pieces each year.

During that time, he oversaw the production of designs in a wide range of materials, with influences ranging from Scandinavian modernism to Art Deco. There were modern upholstery pieces, like swiveling lounge chairs and low-slung sofas, and experiments with textural wood on bar carts and cabinets as well as minimal, sculptural tables and functional office furniture. A passionate collector of Tiffany Studios lamps, Wormley used their glass tiles in Dunbar tables in 1956. He also worked on the reproduction of pieces by designers such as Jean-Michel Frank and Richard Riemerschmid.

One standout Dunbar Furniture collection was Janus, introduced in the 1960s, with Austrian-born ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler. These pieces see the Natzlers’ uniquely artful ceramic tiles set into several styles of wooden tables. They remain some of the most sought-after mid-century modern Dunbar pieces on the vintage market today. During the peak of his design career and, indeed, the height of Dunbar Furniture’s history, Wormley amassed a whopping 30 Good Design awards between 1950 and 1955 through the “Good Design” exhibition, hosted by the Chicago Merchandise Mart and the Museum of Modern Art. Dunbar today produces a limited selection of archival Wormley designs, but many sales of original Dunbar pieces are through the resale market.

Find a collection of authentic vintage Dunbar Furniture today on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$5,082
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Materials
Newly Upholstered Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar, USA, 1960s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Berlin, DE
Newly upholstered Edward Wormley sofa for Dunbar, USA - 1960s. Upholstered in Chase Erwin Fabric. Signed!
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Rosewood Floating Executive Desk by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar, c 1970, Signed
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This grand executive desk by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar features a beautifully refinished Rosewood floating top and drawers with a pair of signature chrome paneled legs, designed and ...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Chrome

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Slipper Lounge Chairs, a Pair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century slipper lounge chairs - a pair Each chair measures: 35 wide x 25 deep x 31 high, with a seat height of 16 inches All pieces of furniture c...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Dining Table in Cherry by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Expertly Refinished
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar dining table in Cherry and Mahogany. Expertly refinished. The condition is as close to perfect as it can get. Leaves are 18 inches wide. Table is 66 inches ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Cherry, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany and Brass Side End Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany and Brass Side End Table 22 wide x 28 deep x 22.25 high See below for 5 ways to save! FREE RESTORATION: When you purchase a piece ...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass

Modern Morris by Edward Wormley Designed for Dunbar, 1940s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
Offered here is a Modern Morris lounge chair by Edward Wormley, designed for Dunbar circa 1940s. Sculptural continuous laminated Mahogany frame, joined by two steel rods which in tu...
Category

1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Steel

Pair Dunbar Chairs Gray Boucle, 1960
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair Dunbar chairs gray boucle, 1960. Newly reupholstered gray boucle leather welt and brushed stainless steel legs.
Category

1960s Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Steel

  • Pair Dunbar Chairs Gray Boucle, 1960
  • Pair Dunbar Chairs Gray Boucle, 1960
  • Pair Dunbar Chairs Gray Boucle, 1960
  • Pair Dunbar Chairs Gray Boucle, 1960
H 30 in. W 27 in. D 33 in.
"Long John" Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sleek low profile coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s Beautifully constructed of solid sap walnut, with steam bent walnut legs. Fully marked.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Walnut

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Dunbar Sellers

Liberty & 33rd
4.9
20CDesign.com
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Modern Hill Inc.
4.6
Retro Inferno
5.0
Horseman Antiques Inc.
4.9
Assemblage Ltd.
5.0
Machine Age
4.6

Dunbar furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Dunbar furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Dunbar collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 805 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Dunbar were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider furniture by Edward Wormley, Harvey Probber and Adrian Pearsall if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Dunbar furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $400 and tops out at $42,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,500 on average.

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