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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
$5,093
Styles
Materials
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tripod Table, 1960
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Side/End Table, 1960. Tripod drink table. Fully restored/refinished.
Category

1960s Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Collection Chest of Drawers, Model 5727
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in DELRAY BEACH, FL
Chest of drawers designed by Edward Wormley for his Janus Collection for Dunbar Furniture. Made of walnut and expertly crafted. Beautiful joinery details on the corners of the cabine...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Bracket Back Sofa in Mohair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautifully updated and restored. The iconic bracket back sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This has been reupholstered in a stunning high-quality mohair from "The Sign". This sofa ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar

Materials

Mohair, Mahogany

Dunbar Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Fraser, MI
Dunbar sofa designed by Edward Wormley.
Category

1960s Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

  • Dunbar Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley
  • Dunbar Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley
H 30 in. W 80 in. D 31 in.
Mosaic Tile Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s, Signed
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This spectacular deep brown walnut coffee table was designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s, and features Mid-Century Modern flared legs and golden mosaic tile inlay wrapp...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Glass, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Extension Dining Table, Newly Restored
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern extension dining table By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1950s Beautifully grained walnut top with sculpted solid walnut base. ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Walnut

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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 4756 Sofa or Loveseat Freshly Upholstered
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Hudson, NY
Model 4756 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Striking angular curved sofa. This piece is amongst Wormley's most collectable pieces. Freshly reupholsted in a stunning high grade ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass

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Dunbar Sellers

Liberty & 33rd
4.9
Modern Hill Inc.
4.6
20CDesign.com
4.4
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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