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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.

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Executive Desk
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in La Grange, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century executive desk Desk measures: 60 wide x 27 deep x 29.25 inches high with a chair clearance of 24.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Wood

Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Curved Back Sofa, 1970s
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding Mid-Century Modern curved back sofa By Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1970s Button-tufted upholstery, with chrome legs. Measures: 90" W x 32" D x...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Chrome

1960s Brown Mahogany Console by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Dark brown, mahogany, brass handles, console by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, USA, 1960s. Plain and sleek design with three drawers with brass handles. Very elegantly worked console ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass, Magnets

  • 1960s Brown Mahogany Console by Edward Wormley
  • 1960s Brown Mahogany Console by Edward Wormley
  • 1960s Brown Mahogany Console by Edward Wormley
  • 1960s Brown Mahogany Console by Edward Wormley
H 33.86 in. W 53.94 in. D 18.12 in.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Swivel Chairs in Grey Bouclé, 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of swivel chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar circa 1950-1959. Featuring sloping curves, newly upholstered in grey "Teddy" bouclé. Other designers from this era inc...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar

Materials

Bouclé

Dunbar Sofa, Brass Legs by Edward Wiormley Real Mohair Fabric, Excellent
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Stunning Edward Wormley for Dunbar sofa. Nine feet Long with Solid Brass Legs (These legs can be polished to a beautiful luster if you prefer). The sofa has been expertly restored an...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany and Brass Side End Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in La Grange, 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 ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

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Brass

Edward J. Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar, USA, 1965
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Very nice lounge chair designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar, USA 1965. This chair was often used by Jules Wabbes in a lot of his homes, because the chair is very similar to the f...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Wood, Leather

  • Edward J. Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar, USA, 1965
  • Edward J. Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar, USA, 1965
  • Edward J. Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar, USA, 1965
  • Edward J. Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar, USA, 1965
H 27.96 in. W 30.32 in. D 30.32 in.
Elegant Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rectangular Cocktail Table with Carpathian Elm
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern, Rarely seen Edward Wormley walnut coffee table in dark brown finish with inset Carpathian elm square top and brass sabots, label, model number 6007. Refinished.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass

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