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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 Model 6329A Large Angled Sofa
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
The larger of the two sizes, this model 6329A angled sofa retains its original fabric in wonderful condition. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Mahogany stretcher base.
Category

1950s Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley Set of 4 Dining/Game Chairs in Mahogany 1963 'Signed'
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 dining/game chairs model 6333 in mahogany with trapezoidal cane back and upholstered seat by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1963 (original Dunbar labels on bottom).
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Upholstery, Cane, Mahogany

Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare sofa with Mahogany bracket legs and floating back. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Category

1950s Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Mahogany

  • Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
  • Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
  • Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
  • Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
H 28 in. W 74 in. D 28 in.
Dining Table Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Dunbar Furniture is one of the best names in American modern furniture. Edward Wormley is the designer. Mahogany dining table The table has three leaves. Without leaves the measureme...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley Credenza / Server for Dunbar in Bleached Walnut and Brass
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful bleached walnut credenza / server with solid brass hardware designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The top two drawers contain removable felt-lined silverware trays. Center...
Category

1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley "Heart Chair" Wingback for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Very rare design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Oversized proportions. Fully restored and reupholstered in charcoal mohair.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar

Materials

Mahogany, Mohair

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany and Brass Side End Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

Pair of Dunbar Benches, Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of benches by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored mahogany bases with brass accents and new upholstery.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar

Materials

Brass

  • Pair of Dunbar Benches, Edward Wormley
  • Pair of Dunbar Benches, Edward Wormley
  • Pair of Dunbar Benches, Edward Wormley
  • Pair of Dunbar Benches, Edward Wormley
H 16 in. W 34 in. D 18 in.
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Dunbar Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Dunbar Furniture are 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 Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 841 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original Dunbar furniture was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Harvey Probber, Paul McCobb and Edward Wormley. Prices for Dunbar furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $480 and tops out at $42,344, while pieces like these can sell for $5,500 on average.