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Dunbar Benches

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.

Find a collection of authentic vintage Dunbar Furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Dunbar
1950s Edward Wormley for Dunbar 'Thebes' Stools in Bouclé, Pair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare pair of 'Thebes' stools Model no. 5002 designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar of Berne, Indiana. These iconic benches are the epitome of fine craftsmanship. These are in gre...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Bouclé, Wood

Signed Dunbar Furniture Rosewood Bench Attributed to Edward Wormley, Ca. 1960s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Peabody, MA
A rosewood bench by Dunbar, ca. 1960, with original seat cushion and what appears to be a Jack Lenor Larsen jacquard fabric. This all-wood version of Dunbar's bench is most often at...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Upholstery, Rosewood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Custom Settee
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
This assemblage of three chairs into a settee with bentwood arms was custom ordered by Stephens Financial for their office in Michigan. New upholstery may be desired.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Benches

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Upholstery, Ash, Rosewood

1940's Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Regency Style X Form Bench or Stool
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early design for Dunbar, mahogany bench or vanity stool model 1050. Curved or X form base with classical styling, with older upholstered seat. Mahogany frame will be restored prior t...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Leather, Mahogany

Huge 10 Foot Dunbar Custom Made Upholstered Bench
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this page. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Huge 10 foot Dunbar custom made Mid-Century Modern upholstered L shaped bench...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Wood

Edward Wormley Long John Bench by Dunbar, 1960
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley Long John Bench by Dunbar, 1960. Bench has been completely restored. Measures 59.75" long, 18.75" deep 12" tall
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

Materials

Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany and Brass Bench
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany and Brass Bench This bench measures: 65.25 wide x 18.5 deep x 14 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

Materials

Brass

"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 Benches

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Bench with Boucle' Upholstery
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A great looking solid bench designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Bench has been completely restored with new high-quality boucle' from France.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Benches

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Bermuda Bench as Found Condition
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Ferndale, MI
Edward Wormley design for Dunbar furniture of Berne Indiana. Elegant design rectangular bench on tall taper legs with high sides. I am offering the bench in solid and stable as found...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Benches

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Wood

Walnut and Teak Coffee Table or Bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Walnut and teak coffee table or bench designed by Edward Wormley, produced by Dunbar. Expertly refinished. The walnut top is inlayed with a teak veneer design (see photos). We also h...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Teak, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Bench, 1960
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Bench, 1960. Restored and reupholstered in gray mohair.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

Materials

Mohair, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Table or Bench with Magazine Display
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
An exceptional Dunbar coffee table or bench (Model 5933a) with built-in brass rods for suspending magazines. Another option would be to recess a glass top over the rods to use as a s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

Pair of Petite Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Slipper Benches"
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rarely seen pair of petite "Slipper benches" model #684 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Newly upholstered frames on zebra wood legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

Materials

Textile, Zebra Wood

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 Benches

Materials

Brass

Two Mid-Century "Bermuda" Benches by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage 1940's "Bermuda" benches model #4962 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar FurnitureBerne, Indiana. Playful and sculptural the bermuda bench raises the bar for stylish seatin...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Upholstery, Wood

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Mahogany and Ash Loveseat, Settee after a Design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
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Rare Mahogany and Ash Loveseat, Settee Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Leather Executive Chair Circa 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Peabody, MA
Leather executive swivel desk chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Chrome

Stunning Modernist Angled Sofa Attributed to Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Modernist angled sofa attributed to Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Solid brass legs, Amazing quality, construction and design. Retains original fabric. in need or restoration.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Brass

Very Fine Custom Continental Style Settee
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A very well-made and solid feeling Custom Settee in European Style. The Settee features a custom upholstery treatment of complementing woven Oriental Rug...
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20th Century Country Dunbar Benches

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Fabric, Velvet, Wood

Very Fine Custom Continental Style Settee
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar 'Oasis' Sofa in White Boucle
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 'Oasis' sofa, model '5200', reupholstered in white boucle, wood, United States, 1952 The 'Oasis' sofa (1952) is designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Th...
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Custom Made Quality Contemporary Calf Hide Bench
Located in Bridgeport, CT
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Previously Available Items
Edward Wormley, Bench, Walnut, Mohair, USA, 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in High Point, NC
A walnut and grey beige mohair bench designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar, Berne, Indiana, USA, 1950s. Seat height: 13.75”
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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 Benches

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Brass

Rare Short John Bench / Table W/ Drawer for Dunbar by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Oakland, CA
Rare "Short John" version of Edward Wormley's Long John bench and or coffee table, in walnut with a bottom drawer. Bent plywood legs, the top has a slight raised edge. Rich brown col...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Benches

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Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Vanity Bench/ Stool in Mohair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pair of Elegant "Thebes Benches", 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Pair of elegant "Thebes Benches" model 5002 in mahogany with hand-turned stretchers and cream leather by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1950's. These...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Upholstered Mahogany Bench
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Upholstered Mahogany Bench This bench measures: 65.5 wide x 19 deep x 16 inches high, with a seat height of 16 inches All pieces of furniture ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Two Mid-Century "Bermuda" Benches by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage 1940's "Bermuda" benches model #4962 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar FurnitureBerne, Indiana. Playful and sculptural the bermuda bench raises the bar for stylish seatin...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Long John Bench / Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Expertly Restored
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Long John Bench designed by Edward Wormley and manufactured by Dunbar, 1950s. Use as a bench or a coffee / cocktail table. Beautiful solid mahogany with bentwood hairpin legs. Expert...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Mahogany

1950s Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Thebes" Stools in Bouclé, Pair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair Edward Wormley "Thebes" stools or benches Model no. 5002 for Dunbar, American, circa 1950s. The pair is in excellent vintage condition and have been reupholstered in a stunning ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Benches

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Bouclé, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar X-Long Mahogany Bench, 1950s
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Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Collection Ottomans
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Located in Dallas, TX
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Dunbar benches for sale on 1stDibs.

Dunbar benches 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 benches, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original benches by Dunbar were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider benches by Harvey Probber, Widdicomb Furniture Co., and Milo Baughman. Prices for Dunbar benches can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,300 and can go as high as $13,750, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,675.
Questions About Dunbar Benches
  • 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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