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Dunbar Furniture

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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Creator: Dunbar
Dealer: Modest Designs
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Model 4423 Three-Tier Mahogany End Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An early, c. 1944, design by Edward Wormley, beloved for its forward thinking minimalist form, and comfortable practicality. The three tiers are supported by an architectural frame ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Swiveling Stool
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This sweet early Wormley modern design makes a perfect vanity or desk chair. The fully upholstered seat swivels over dark stained mahogany legs joined by dowel stretches, with capped...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Tambour Door Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Model 959
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A chic and versatile cabinet with blond tamowood top and burnt almond walnut tambour doors on a dark mahogany case. Nice details like the razor-thin brass door pulls, and dappled var...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley, Early Pair Side Tables model 4774A
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Perfect, architectural 3-tier mahogany side tables by Edward Wormley. This simple, streamlined design typifies Wormley’s restrained modern style of the 1940s. The pair retains thei...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Side Table Model # 5425
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Occasional table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, model 5425. Rosewood and Walnut folding x-base with removable mahogany tray top. Labeled with Dunbar gold metal tag
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Rosewood, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Collection Chest with Natzler Ceramic Pulls
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Model 5770 Janus Collection chest of drawers featuring brass pulls with inset purple-blue demi-lune Natzler ceramic tiles, and exaggerated dovetail knuckle joints on tops, sides, and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Dunbar Side Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Edward Wormley for Dunbar dining chairs, models 6038 & 6037 in dark mahogany frames with original Jack Lenor Larsen fabric. Two arm and two side chairs, supported by brass spacers, w...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Early Dunbar Cocktail Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An early example of Edward Wormley's transition to modern furniture design. Mahogany frame with inset leather top. Dunbar brand to underside.
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1940s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Leather

Dunbar Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Chic gold velvet upholstered sofa with down back and side cushions and sprung seat. Beautifully carved mahogany feet. This is an extremely well built and comfortable sofa, with typic...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Dunbar Chrome and Walnut Occasional Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Chic and rarely seen Edward Wormley design that can function as a lamp table, end table or small cocktail table. Dunbar label on bottom.
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1960s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Chrome

Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 5480 Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An iconic Edward Wormley design, the ‘A-Frame' chair is a wonderful example of Wormley’s expertise in mixing materials into sophisticated, architectural forms. Employing dark stain...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Leather, Bentwood

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain's "Y" Chair, ca. 1955
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain's "Y" chair, ca. 1955. Professionally restored walnut frame with new back caning and new upholstered seat with super soft and luxurious ivory wool f...
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Slipper Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
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Slipper chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. USA, circa 1950. Signed with brass tag. Features tufted back with piping. Original f...
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Edward Wormley Lamp Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish Mid-Century Modern Dunbar lamp table features rich mahogany finish, dovetailed drawers, and uniquely sculpted single drawer design. Unique drawer pull and raised edge st...
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Edward Wormley Lamp Table for Dunbar
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Chest of Drawers on Hairpin Legs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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Chest of drawers on hairpin legs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Scarce Wormley Design. Measures: 45" wide also available.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Birch, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Gentleman's Chest
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar bachelors chest with flip-top mirror, drawers in center, flanked by two cabinet doors, in bleached mahogany, currently being refinished (...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet with Asian Hardware
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar cabinet with brass Asian hardware. All original dark had rubbed finish on ribbon mahogany, top will be polished and touched up prior t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
Two Edward Wormley cabinets with corrugated wood sliding doors and center drawer section in a grey brown finish Each cabinet is 20" deep by 49" wide by 31.25 high.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet
H 31.52 in W 49 in D 20 in
Walnut Side Table in the Style of Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Walnut table with inlaid geometric design flip-top and plain on verso, table breaks down for easy storage and logistics.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Denton, TX
Classic Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany credenza with solid brass hardware. Nine drawers with center cabinet.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza
H 28 in W 69.13 in D 18 in
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rare Janus Drink Table with Burl Top
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A rare drink table designed by Edward Wormley for a Dunbar’s “Janus” line, circa 1960s. Features a two-tone color palette with dark base and carpathian elm burl top.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Burl

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Small Louvered Chest of Drawers
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Small chest of drawers, consisting of louvered walnut fronts and mahogany case. Five drawers total with the top being velvet lined to store various pieces if jewelry. Second drawer c...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley Ebonized Mahogany Side Tables
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
Edward Wormley ebonized mahogany side table with storage.
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Materials

Brass

Previously Available Items
Pair Dunbar Three-Tier Mahogany End Tables, c. 1940s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Chic and supremely practical side tables employing perfect proportions, further elevated with the typical Edward Wormley details and exquisite craftsmanship. The extra height and nar...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar Side Tables, Model 279
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare and sophisticated lamp tables in dark stained mahogany. The simple, architectural configuration is surprisingly contemporary for a 70 year old design. Original finish, with rect...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Pair Mahogany End Tables
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An early example of Edward Wormley's sophisticated modernism. Stepped two-tier end tables with subtle Chinoise elements to the carving of the base. These retain the original dark mah...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 5480 Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An iconic Edward Wormley design, the ‘A-Frame' chair is a wonderful example of Wormley’s expertise in mixing materials into sophisticated, architectural forms. Employing dark stain...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Leather, Bentwood

Dunbar Two-Tier Walnut Occasional Table with Cane Shelf
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
C. 1950, this interesting and rarely seen design uses subtle details in carving and materials to elevate its functionalist form into something sculptural. A great example of designer...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Cane, Mahogany

Early Dunbar Mahogany Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Simple early modern design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar distinguishes itself my it’s great proportions, chunky geometric shape, and wonderful dappled mahogany veneer. Original finish...
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1940s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Mahogany

Early Dunbar Mahogany Coffee Table
Early Dunbar Mahogany Coffee Table
H 15 in W 49 in D 22 in
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Occasional Table with Tray
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
From the 1957 Janus line, this elegant side or snack table has a burl Carpathian elm top on dark stained mahogany tripod base. Dunbar gold metal tag to the underside. Tray is 18" ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Elm

Nice Pair of Dunbar Side Tables by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome architectural tiered end tables with adjustable center shelf. Figured mahogany top on dark stained mahogany frame. Each with gold "D" metal tag to underside.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of Dunbar Janus End Tables with Tiffany Tiles
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare pair of walnut side tables, model # 5831, with inlaid Tiffany favrile glass tiles, from Edward Wormley's celebrated Arts & Crafts influenced Janus collection of 1957.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Edward Wormley Designed Commodes for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome masculine chests of drawers in walnut with dark mahogany trim. Each chest retains its Dunbar gold metal tag.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Pair of Dunbar Three-Tier Walnut End Tables
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early Edward Wormley modern design is one of his most elegant and versatile. Simple architectural lines are visually interesting and effortlessly blend into any interior.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Dunbar 'Janus' Lounge Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Dark stain mahogany frame with tufted upholstery seats, shows all the subtle details in wood carving and upholstery for which Dunbar is renowned. From the 1957 Janus line designed by...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Pair of Dunbar 'Janus' Lounge Chairs
Pair of Dunbar 'Janus' Lounge Chairs
H 29 in W 26.75 in D 26.5 in

Dunbar furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Dunbar furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Dunbar furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Dunbar were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Edward Wormley, Paul McCobb, and Milo Baughman. Prices for Dunbar furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $225 and can go as high as $119,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,998.
Questions About Dunbar Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Dunbar furniture is made in High Point, North Carolina. The original location of the company was Berne, Indiana. Its relocation occurred after Currey & Co. bought Dunbar from founder James Wormley in 1970. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Dunbar furniture.

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