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Dunbar Chairs

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
Edward Wormley Pair of Armchairs in Green Velvet Upholstery
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, pair of armchairs, beech, velvet, United States, 1960s These armchairs are designed by Edward Wormley for the furniture company Dunbar in the sixties. The...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain Chairs In Holly Hunt Great Plains
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
One of Edward Wormley's most famous and elegant chairs. A timeless masterpiece. The Captain Chair. We have fully restored to highlight the beautiful polished brass, cane back, curve...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Brass

Pair of Ralph Rye "RYE" Chairs by Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Ralph Rye
Located in Nashville, TN
Pair of Ralph Rye "RYE" reverse-cantilevered chairs for Dunbar. The cantilevered design lends a nod to the Bauhaus style. Features thick saddle leather with minor signs of wear and a...
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1960s American Bauhaus Vintage Dunbar Chairs

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Stainless Steel

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 Chairs

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Swiveling Stool
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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 Chairs

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley Toadstool for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Houston, TX
Edward Wormley Toadstool ottoman Dunbar. Stained oak, enameled steel, wool. USA 38 D x 15 H inches. Edward Wormley for Dunbar toadstool ottoman upholstered in wool.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Wool, Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain's "Y" Chair, ca. 1955
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
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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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of Six Edward Wormley for Dunbar Caned Dining Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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 Chairs

Materials

Bouclé, Cane, Wood

Midcentury "Quinn" Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Model 1170, Walnut + Wool
By Edward Wormley, Gunlocke, Jens Risom, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Decatur, GA
"Quinn" chair, Model no. 1170 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar circa 1965. Sculpted walnut arms transition seamlessly to the upholstered back creating a wonderful silhouette. Frame is so...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Wool, Upholstery, Walnut

Edward Wormely for Dunbar Janus Chair in Mohair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A dining height Janus armchair designed by Mid-Century Modern master Edward Wormley. The chair features a sculpted dark mahogany frame and mohair upholstery with button-tufted backs....
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

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Mohair, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Lounge Chair with Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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 Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Set of 6 Dunbar Dining Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of 6 Mid-Century Modern cane back chocolate brown dunbar dining chairs.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pair of Club Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Diego, CA
Pair of side upholstered side chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Medium brown lightly textured fabric and dark brown lacquered wood base. Chairs have been completely redone. Wonder...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Wood

Dunbar Mid Century Occasional Lounge Chair
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Dunbar Mid Century Occasional Lounge Chair This chair measures: 25.25 wide x 25.75 deep x 31.5 high, with a seat height of 17 and arm height of 2...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Manhattan Lounge Chairs in Bauhaus Fabric, Dunbar 1980
By John Saladino, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Manhattan lounge chairs by John Saladino for Dunbar. circa 1980. Upholstered in Bauhaus fabric.
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1980s American Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Set of Four Edward Wormley for Dunbar Horned Dining Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Iconic and rare set of four horned antler chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Known as 5580 model dining chairs crafted from mahogany with a caned seat. Arguably these are ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Set of 4 Dining/Game Chairs in Walnut and Rosewood 1963 'Signed'
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 dining/game chairs model no 935 in walnut and rosewood with upholstered seats by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1963 (original Dunbar labels on bottom). These chairs ar...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rosewood, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Slipper Chair circa 1950s with Original Upholstery
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Comfortable armless lounge slipper chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in beautiful plaid upholstery. A true collectors piece with no modifications and in excellent vintage condition....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Horned Dunbar Dining Chair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Dunbar for Modern, Edward Wormley Antler chair Model 5580 design, bleached mahogany with cained seat and newly upholstered spinney-beck lea...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Cane, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Chair for Dunbar Model 2424B
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Sleekly sculptural chair with a radically slender, curved seat back designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar Furniture, c. 1940. An early modernist design by Wormley, in an organic design idiom, that transforms a traditional wingback chair...
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1940s American Organic Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar Pair of Cantilever Lounge Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar pair of cantilever lounge chairs, model 480, oakwood and Mahogany two-toned base structures, oil finish, reupholstered with spi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Pair of Edward Wormley "Alexandria" Chairs for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Pair of sinuous “Alexandria” chairs in mahogany designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar Furniture circa 1961. One of Wormley’s signature des...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Silk, Mahogany

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pull-Up Lounge Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar pull-up lounge chairs. Model 971 Jansus line collection. Wormley's Boutique line. Original chocolate brown leather with...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather

Mahogany Armchair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
Edward Wormley designed this handsome mahogany armchair for Dunbar, juxtaposing modern linearity with curvaceous classic form. It has been expertly reupholstered in Knoll's Rivington...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

1950s Tufted Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An armless button tufted lounge chair of generous proportion having exposed walnut base. Model: 5000.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

1950s Occasional Armchair Model No 5517 Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A model 5517 occasional armchair with exposed mahogany frame supporting a fully upholstered seat, back rest and arms, covered in vintage upholstery. Designed in 1954 as a component o...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

1960s Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
With a nod to the immense popularity of Charles Eames's swivel lounge chair and ottoman, Wormley capitalized on the popularity of his own stationary, winged lounge chair and ottoman ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather

'A-Frame' Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Classic 'A-Frame' armchair with a woven caned backrest, upholstered black leather seat and brass capped feet. Designed by Edward Wormley, produced by Dunbar in t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Brass

Slipper Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
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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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of Edward Wormley Mahogany and Grey Wool Barrel Back Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Large Armchair by Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Square lounge chair with high arms and chrome feet. Large soft cushioning, beige upholstery. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dea...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Pair of Janus High Back Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pair of 'Janus' high back chairs with the original blue silk faille upholstery, on light walnut legs with cloud lift stretchers.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
One of Edward Wormley's most famous and elegant chairs. A timeless masterpiece. The Captain Chair. We have fully restored to highlight the beautiful polished brass, cane back, curve...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Brass

6 Edward Wormley Dining Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of six dining chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Set includes two arm chairs model No. 295W and four side chairs model No. 294W. Original Jack Lenor Larsen Upholstery....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Dunbar chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Dunbar chairs 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 chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs 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 chairs by Edward Wormley, Charles Eames, and Adrian Pearsall. Prices for Dunbar chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $760 and can go as high as $24,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $6,800.
Questions About Dunbar Chairs
  • 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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