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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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Average Sold Price
$5,583
Styles
Materials
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Berne, Indiana, circa 1970
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Edward Wormley bachelor chest for Dunbar, Berne, Indiana, circa 1970 Dunbar, Berne, Indiana, circa 1970, signed/stamped on back Measures: Walnut H 31, W 34, D 20 in.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Walnut

Dunbar Daybed/Sofa by Edward Wormley, 1960
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Dunbar Daybed sofa by Edward Wormley, 1960. Daybed has brass legs and new white boucle with leather strapping.
Category

1960s Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley Constellation Table for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design constellation side table for Dunbar Furniture, USA. Elegant little table perfect for drinks with a laminate top inlaid with wood circles to immitate stars. Spla...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Laminate, Mahogany

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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Slipper Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century slipper chairs This chair measures: 23.75 wide x 33.5 deep x 31.75 inches high, with a seat height of 15.5 inches All pieces of furniture...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design six drawer desk for Dunbar, Berne Indiana. Newly refinished with a mustard leather top, gallery edge border and smooth gliding drawers, labeled. Together with ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Leather, Oak

  • Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
  • Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
  • Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
  • Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
H 30 in. W 54 in. D 25 in.
Edward Wormley Beautiful Pedestal Cabinet in Olive Burl, 1963
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Pedestal model 6302A in natural olive burl with hinged door and interior cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1963. Comes with original D key. Original paper label on botto...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Modernist Janus collection Wingback Lounge Chair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Ferndale, MI
Large modernist wingback lounge chair designed by Edward Wormley as part of the Janus collection for Dunbar. Completely original and untouched estate chair. Foam in the upper part of...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

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Dunbar Sellers

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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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