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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: Assemblage Ltd.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rosewood and walnut Square Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Classic design from one of periods giants. Bleached rosewood top and walnut frame, parsons coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar furniture. This piece is timeless. It would easil...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut

Modular Six-Piece Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Very rare and unusual piece by Edward Wormley. This modular credenza in walnut can be put together in a host of different configurations. Detailed with large Moorish style solid bras...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Edward Wormley Walnut Open-Arm Lounge Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Two architectural open arm lounge chairs in walnut by Dunbar, with green and blue horizontal stripe upholstery.
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut and Rosewood Parsons Leg Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Parsons style coffee table. Exceptional rosewood grained top with clean lined walnut frame. Transitional piece that could work with many design plans. Gold ...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut

Pair of Edward Wormley "Bucket Seat" Leather and Mahogany Club Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar camel leather and mahogany armchairs. Original channeled leather seats and backs with mahogany legs and stretchers. Rare design from Wormley and Dun...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Rare Edward Wormley Custom Mahogany and Natural Rosewood Oval Dining Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Outstanding custom-made large oval dining table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Dark stained mahogany border, incised apron and squared legs. Inlaid bookmatched rosewood venee...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany, Rosewood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut, Rosewood and Aluminium Inlaid End Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley figured walnut Parsons style side table with unusual aluminium inlaid legs. Incised corners start at the top and move all the way down the legs with aluminium inlay. R...
Category

1960s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Aluminum

Dunbar Rosewood Dining Table with Polished Stainless Steel Base
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Dunbar rosewood dining table with polished stainless steel square bar legs. Would make an incredible large desk or small conference table as wel...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Steel

Pair of Edward Wormley Mahogany and Grey Wool Barrel Back Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar barrel back arm chairs in mahogany and blue/gray wool upholstery. Great understated design that reveals unique qualities, would...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley Lounge Chair in Moss Green Wool Upholstery
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar lounge chair with unique setback front legs, and clad in moss green wool upholstery. Extremely comfortable with deep seat cushion and slight angle of the th...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Wood, Wool

Edward Wormley Bleached Mahogany Corner Table for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Minimalist design bleached mahogany corner table number 4977. Nicely grained woods with open design and expert craftsma...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Solid Brass and Marble Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Clean lined Dunbar brass and marble coffee table designed by Edward Wormley. Solid brass bar frame with solid brass rod stretchers and brass square plate feet. Beautifully veined rou...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Marble, Brass

Uncommon Edward Wormley Five-Leg Walnut Coffee Table for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Dunbar five-leg walnut coffee table. Another uncommon Wormley design with the addition of a fifth canted leg. Excellent wood grain, recessed apron and brass sabots.
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Eight Edward Wormley Mahogany, Leather and Brass Dining Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of eight mahogany wood and apricot leather curved panel back dining chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Set is comprised of two arm chairs and six...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany, Leather

Edward Wormley Bleached Mahogany Reeded Curule Leg Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
An uncommon and early Edward Wormley design for Dunbar, this reeded Curule leg end table has a three-sided gallery framed top, three part stretcher connecti...
Category

1940s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Tom Lopinsky for Dunbar Bronze, Rosewood and Smoked Glass Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Interconnected brushed bronze architectural coffee table base with bronze spacers, rosewood caps and feet, and smoked glass top by Tom Lopinsky for Dunbar. The top fits securely into...
Category

1960s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Smoked Glass, Rosewood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Bleached and Glazed Walnut Parsons End Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegantly simple bleached and glazed walnut square Parsons end table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley Mahogany and Rosewood Raised Edge Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany cabinet with four large drawers and a center shelved cabinet on plinth base. The pair of ...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley Walnut and Olive Ash Burl Tall Cabinet for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Described in Dunbar catalogs as "#6027 High Piece" this incredible curved front cabinet is constructed of walnut with olive ash burled lower cabin...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

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Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Fraser, MI
Please feel free to reach out for accurate shipping to your location. Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs. Wedge side profile. Slight Pie shape top profile with generous cu...
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1950s Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Pair of Leather Cube Swivel Club Chairs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A Pair of Leather Swivel Chairs in Cube form with great comfort and style reminiscent of the Luxury Modern Roche Bobois era. Square forms in Sand-tone Leather with chrome swivel base...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs Rare Form
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Fraser, MI
Please feel free to reach out for accurate shipping to your location. Pair Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. First shown in the 1939 catalog n...
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1950s Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Elliptical Conference / Dining Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Denton, TX
Edward Wormley for dunbar walnut elliptical conference / dining table. Extra long oval table that can be used in a large dining room or conference room.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pair of Mid-Century Lounge Chairs Walnut Open Arm Lounge Chairs
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of mid-century lounge chairs walnut open arm lounge chairs This set includes 2 open arm walnut lounge chairs. The arms feature a laminate top. They need to be reupholstered. ...
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

Materials

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"Long John" Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Westport, CT
Introducing the epitome of mid-century elegance: the "Long John" Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, meticulously restored to its original glory by Stamford Modern. Crafted wi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Y" Modernist Lounge Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Pair Dunbar Lounge Chairs designed by Edward Wormley,,Retains early 'D' metal badge label,, minor damage to caning ( see photo),, E...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Leather, Cane, Wood

Pair of Aerodynamic 1950's Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs Edward Wormley Style
By Edward Wormley
Located in Wayne, NJ
This is a pair of 1950's Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs that appear to have been reupholstered in the 1970's They are in the Manner of Edward Wormley. Not marked or signed, as they...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Fabric

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Extension Dining Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Extension Dining Table. One-inch thick top with edge banding and a slight upward reveal or lip design detail shown in pictures. The table is 48" round in di...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cork Top Ebonized Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Culver City, CA
Available right now we have this stunning Edward Wormley for Dunbar coffee table. This expertly refinished coffee table features a gridded cork top and an elegantly modern ebonized frame, for a timeless chic look. The coffee table is quite substantial and effortlessly flexes into more traditional, regency, and even boho chic / beach house style...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Walnut, Cork

Dining Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Rectangular Bleached Mahogany
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Mahogany dining table with one leaf designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1950s. The table is in very good condition with only light signs of use under close examination. Beautiful ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany

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.
Category

20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza
H 28 in W 69.13 in D 18 in
Previously Available Items
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Wing Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of unrestored Edward Wormley for Dunbar wing chairs.
Category

1940s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany, Down

Early 1940 Edward Wormley Wing Chair for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Uncommon wide wingback chair with an embroidered green, yellow and taupe linen upholstery. Simple clean line mahogany curved front apron and legs. A documented and very early Wormley...
Category

1940s American Georgian Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Mahogany, Linen

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rolled Back Club Chair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar club chair with rolled back, ash wood Parsons style legs with solid brass sabots and castors. Older saffron silk upholstery with embroidered harlequin patte...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Dunbar Oval Ash and Polished Steel Dining Table
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Most likely a Roger Sprunger derivation of an Edward Wormley design, Dunbar oval ash wood one piece top dining table. Pair of polished steel over wood pane...
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1960s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Steel

Edward Wormley Flame Mahogany and Glass Coffee Table for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Shallow mahogany cylinders provide the base and cap to a central octagonal body of flame mahogany. New glass top is forty-two inches in diameter and five-eighths of an inch thick, pe...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Glass, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Bleached and Glazed Mahogany Side Chair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Bleched and off-white glazed mahogany side chair #4632, with turquoise vinyl covered seat and caned back by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Excellent side or occasional chair or desk chai...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Cane, Mahogany, Naugahyde

Rare Edward Wormley Hexagonal Mahogany and Tawi Dining Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Uncommon hexagonal dining table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Tawi wood top, bordered with ebonized mahogany. Ebonized mahogany legs and notched apron. Sold with three offset grain T...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Wood, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar English Oak and Rosewood Four-Drawer Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar credenza with rosewood sled based open bottom casement. Four large file sized drawers with English oak fronts and patinated bronze pulls. Matching desk...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Oak, Rosewood

Edward Wormley Walnut and Rosewood Executive Desk
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar sculpted walnut and rosewood executive desk. Upturned carved lip to the solid walnut top that levels out at the knee hole center. Eight drawers with lo...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Dunbar Walnut and Cane Credenza by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar walnut and cane sideboard on recessed plinth base. Gullwing style side doors open to reveal three storage compartments for each door. Centre figured walnut ...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut X Stretcher Side Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Classic X stretcher side table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Clean lines, excellent wood grain with brass sabots to each canted leg.
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Brass

Pair of Edward Wormley Janus Collection Lounge Chairs by Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus collection armchairs. Carved walnut arms and legs with exposed frame. Raspberry red linen upholstery with a button tufted back with curved and...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Furniture

Materials

Linen, Walnut

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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