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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: Metro Retro Furniture MCM Furniture
Wormley Tawi Dining Table for Dunbar. Can be configured into 4 different sizes.
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
Rare beautiful wood 12 feet to 14 feet 1/2 vintage Wormley extension dining/conference table for Dunbar This came from the executive conference room of the former Bank of the Southw...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Wood

One Dunbar Tuxedo Sofa by Edward Wromley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Mid-Century Modern Tuxedo sofa designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Down cushions with a textured beige fabric and casters. As shown in the last image, we also have a matching pair...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Fabric

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of Mid-Century Modern lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Down cushions with a textured beige fabric and casters. Reupholstery recommended.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Fabric

Janus Sofa #6329 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
Janus sofa #6329 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Stunning sofa recently restored in champagne velvet with tufting. Mahogany base.  
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Mahogany

#6027 Edward Wormley for Dunbar Super Structure Display Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Super Structure display cabinet Stunning cabinet constructed of dark walnut with a brass plated plinth base. Concave fron...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Walnut

Dunbar Wormley 2 Piece Sectional Sofa
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Dunbar Wormley 2 piece sectional sofa 1950s Rare sectional sofa designed by Edward Wormley, manufactured by Dunbar. The sofa consists of two parts ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Walnut

84" Vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar Executive Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
7' vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar executive desk and credenza In 1931 Leander Dunbar realized the need to create furniture...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Bronze

Pair of Roger Sprunger Jack Larsen Dunbar Guest Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Guest Arm Chairs A pair of Mid-Century Modern arm chairs designed by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar. Ebonized wooden frames with X stretchers. Original ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Fabric, Wood

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar 'Janus' Sofa in Beige Upholstery
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Elliptical Conference or Dining Table, 1960s
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Elegant Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid-Century Modern Tuxedo Sofa, Project
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Located in St. Louis, MO
Elegant mid-century Edward Wormley for Dunbar sofa with skirt, on sculpted mahogany legs. You can't beat the quality of a Dunbar sofa, built to last. ...
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Edward Wormley Dunbar Tuxedo Sofa in Great Plains Wool Velvet
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley Dunbar Tuxedo Sofa in Great Plains, Wool Velvet "Dreamer Marigold" Sofa was stripped down to frame with new foam and reupholstered. Dimensions: 94" length 34" deep 29"...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Dunbar Bookcase Wall Units by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of bookcases designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1960. Fully restored. Espresso stained mahogany, glass shelves, and brass details. Glass shelves can be arranged as nee...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Restored Edward Wormley Tuxedo Sofa for Dunbar in yellow beige fabric, USA 1960s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Berlin, DE
Edward wormley tuxedo sofa for Dunbar, USA 1960s. Three-seat sofa with respectively three seat and back cushions. All freshly reupholstered ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Pair of Slipper Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Middlesex, NJ
Pair of slipper chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Chairs are reupholstered in a Maharam Mohair.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

Pair of Vintage Modern Dunbar Style Lounge Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish pair of vintage modern club chairs feature design similar to that by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Hardwood legs with stretchers add to the mid-century style of this uphols...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Dunbar’s Famed #4907 Even Arm Sofa By Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Southampton, NJ
The exceptional #4907 sofa designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar at 90” takes the span as lightly as a suspension bridge. Featuring solid construction with lasagna strap seat suspens...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa, early design with great scale, spring seating system, reupholstered and rebuilt reupholstered with wool ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Upholstery

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa
H 31.5 in W 100 in D 37 in
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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Pair Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Y" Modernist Lounge Chairs
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Previously Available Items
6ft Vintage Midcentury Wormley Dunbar Party Sofa
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Wormley has pioneered in a broad field of design, he was one of those unique designers who was sensitive to the interplay involved in selling modernism and still preserving the nosta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Furniture

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Velvet

Vintage Mid-Century Dunbar Rosewood and White Oak Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage Mid-Century Dunbar credenza. This rosewood and white oak credenza features book matched doors. Oval carved door pulls. Inlaid ros...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Furniture

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Pair of Dunbar Sofas, Model 4829
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
This minimalist, classic, gutter back sofa exeemplifies the later series produced in North Carolina. Both sofas retain original metal Dunbar label. The sofa features metal legs ...
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Pair of Dunbar Sofas, Model 4829
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Writing Desk in Rosewood and Mahogany
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
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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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