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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: DeAngelis
Dunbar Bracket Back Sofa, Model 131
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Dunbar Furniture bracket back sofa, Model 131 designed by Roger Sprunger. Rare smaller version sofa or loveseat that is perfect for two people. Solid mahogany "L" bracket supports gi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table, Model 5309
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Rare Edward Wormley design coffee table model 5309 for Dunbar Furniture. Iconic mid-century modern coffee table made by the highest quality American manufacturer's from the period. E...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley King Size Headboard for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design King size headboard for Dunbar Furniture, Berne Indiana. Featuring an ebonized mahogany frame with a caned backrest intended for a king size mattress, no rails ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Credenza Model 5668A for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design credenza model 5668A for Dunbar. Ebonized walnut case with newly caned front sliding doors and four drawers across the top. Comprising a fitted interior for mas...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Cane, Walnut

Edward Wormley Antler Chairs for Dunbar, Model 5580
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design antler dining chairs for Dunbar, Model 5580. Rare and attractive design chair by Wormley in the height of his design career. Frames are bleached mahogany with...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Ottoman for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design x-base ottoman for Dunbar Furniture. Timeless and classic design by Wormley offering additional seating for any arrangement. Newly refinished and upholstered in...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Teardrop Chairs for Dunbar, Model 5106
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design "Teardrop" lounge chairs, Model 5106 for Dunbar Furniture. Uniques shape chairs newly upholstered on polished and lacquered solid brass legs, ready to install.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Dunbar X-Base Murano Tile-Top Table
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Rare X-base mosaic top side table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Co. Both in excellent original condition, base made from solid ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Edward Wormley Bench by Dunbar, Model 5429
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design bench for Dunbar, Model 5429. Classic design by Wormley in brass square frame on capped feet. Newer Jack Lenor Larsen upholstery that presents very well, ready ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

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1960's Pair of Vintage Chests by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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A magnificent pair of vintage chests, these were made in the USA by Dunbar furniture, they were designed by Edward Wormley. Edward Wormley was one of the leading pioneers of mid-cen...
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Large Scale Square Coffee Table in Mahogany for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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This beautiful, large-scale coffee table was designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture in the 1960s and is constructed with a mahogany parquetry top and a dark mahogany frame w...
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Side Table Model 5309 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rovereta, SM
Model 5309 rare coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Combination of Wood and brass with the original glass top.
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Queen Size Wooden Storage Headboard
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century wooden queen size storage headboard with two vertical drawers on either side with bentwood handles that open to reveal a lower open compartment and an upper compartment with a pivoting hinged...
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Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Style 3 Cushion Sofa
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern Dunbar style sofa 85" Offered is a Mid-Century Modern sofa with tapered legs. Has 3 removable seat cushions and 3 back cushions. It is in great structurally sou...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Wooden Frame Caned Panel Full-Size Bed Headboard
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
American Mid-Century full-sized headboard with a dark stained wooden frame with curved top rail and central caned panel. (EDWARD WORMLEY FOR DUNBAR FURNITURE COMPANY).  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar American Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Headboard
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce Mid-Century Modern mahogany headboard with rattan caning designed by Edward Wormley (American, 1907-1995) for Dunbar. Stamped plaque to eac...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Rattan, Mahogany

Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
This elegant sofa is a classic 1950s design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. It features a tufted back and a long bench seat resting on tapered walnut fee...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
H 29 in W 85.5 in D 32.5 in
Set of Six Edward Wormley for Dunbar Caned Dining Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Labeled set of six mid-century modern caned dining chairs featuring new modern boucle upholstery redux. Iconic chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar having walnut frames in an angular design with an ebonized finish. The rectangular back has a cane inset...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Bouclé, Cane, Wood

Edward Wormley Swivel Lounge Chair and Ottoman for Dunbar, 1960
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Hamburg, PA
A comfortable and stylish Edward Wormley swivel lounge chair and ottoman for Dunbar, 1960. The chair and the ottoman have tripod swivel br...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Bronze

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Lounge Chair with Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century lounge chair with Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric This chair measures: 24 wide x 30.5 deep x 30.75 high, with a seat height of 16 and arm height/cha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet / Credenza in Mahogany and Walnut
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Culver City, CA
This buffet is absolutely stunning! This ebonized mahogany and walnut sideboard / buffet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar features heavy brass accents and pulls in a gorgeous chinoiserie feel. A piece like this is so elegant and clean it can really seamlessly inject a modern, refined look into any environment. We currently have this piece in our gallery paired with a brass Mastercraft dining table, accented with brass Paul Evans cityscape dining chairs...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

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Previously Available Items
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Swivel Lounge Chairs, Model 4626
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture swivel lounge chairs, model 4626. Large comfortable chairs with built in half rounded arms and a deep seat. Newly upholstered in a moss mohair or ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mohair, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Coffee Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design coffee table for Dunbar Furniture, Berne Indiana. Large and impressive table with a beautiful travertine stone top on a shaped round dark walnut frame on four b...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Travertine

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sheaf of Wheat Side Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design Sheaf of Wheat side table for Dunbar, U.S.A. A unique side or end table for Wormley's commercially successful Sheaf of Wheat line of tables for Dunbar. In very ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Travertine

Edward Wormley Snack Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design snack table for Dunbar furniture co. Berne Indiana. A versatile table that can be used as a side, corner or serving table. Made from the highest quality mater...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Brass

Edward Wormley Captain's Chair for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design armchair or Captain's chair for Dunbar, Model 5480. Elegant and iconic design by Edward Wormley executed in lacquered ash molded plywood with original cane and ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Oak, Plywood

Edward Wormley Constellation Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Laminate, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Captain's Chair for Dunbar, Model 5480
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design armchair or Captain's chair for Dunbar, Model 5480. Elegant and iconic design by Edward Wormley executed in ash plywood with original cane and finish with a new...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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 dr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Leather, Oak

Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
H 30 in W 54 in D 25 in
Edward Wormley Side Table for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design Murano glass tile top side table for Dunbar. Perfect for drinks or coffee an elegant shape mahogany side table that will look great anywhere. Very good original...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Murano Glass, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Side Table for Dunbar
Edward Wormley Side Table for Dunbar
H 21.5 in W 13 in D 13 in
Edward Wormley Bench for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design upholstered bench for Dunbar Furniture Co. The rounded tapering leg mahogany base has been newly refinished and is ready for your choice of upholstery or usable as-is. This is the perfect foot of the bed or entry way bench...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Bench for Dunbar
Edward Wormley Bench for Dunbar
H 24 in W 49 in D 19 in
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Chest of Drawers
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design walnut chest of drawers for Dunbar Furniture Company, Berne Indiana. Rare form five drawer low chest on molded bentwood legs in very good original condition, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Richard Sprunger Constellation Table for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Richard Springer design "Constellation" table for Dunbar. Perfect for drinks or a single side table, newly refinished.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Ash

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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