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Dunbar Chairs

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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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Edward Wormley "Heart Chair" Wingback for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Very rare design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Oversized proportions. Fully restored and reupholstered in charcoal mohair.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Mohair

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 ...
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1940s American Organic Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Mahogany

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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Unusual chair in leather and walnut by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fantastic walnut base with detailing consistent with his “Janus” line. Leather appears original and presents excepti...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather

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 make great desk chairs as we...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Four Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of four dining chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Bleached mahogany frames and blue upholstery.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Set of 4 Dining/Game Chairs in Mahogany 1963 'Signed'
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 dining/game chairs model 6333 in mahogany with trapezoidal cane back and upholstered seat by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1963 (original Dunbar labels on bottom).
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Cane, Mahogany

1950's Ed Wormley for Dunbar Janus Armchair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Newly upholstered in light blue velvet and restored Ed Wormley Janus chair with ebonized frame. Button tufting to the back. Curved seat and sculptural legs. Very comfortable. Measu...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Velvet

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pillow-Back Desk Chair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar pillow-back desk chair model 7460, reupholstered with Spinneybeck leather with chrome-plated adjustable base on casters with tilt swivel functions. [Big "D"...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Chrome

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

Materials

Leather, Oak

Pair of Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
An elegant pair of cane armchairs with original patent leather upholstery. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Category

1950s Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Slipper Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century slipper chairs This chair measures: 23.75 wide x 33.5 deep x 31.75 inches high, with a seat height of 15.5 inches All pieces of furniture...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Lounge Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Priced for Reupholstery
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pair of Dunbar lounge chair is excellent structural condition and in need of upholstery updating. We have priced these much lower than we would if we had then redone. Why not discoun...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Slipper Lounge Chairs for Dunbar, circa 1955
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Edward Wormley slipper lounge chairs for Dunbar, circa 1955. This pair has been professionally restored.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Midcentury "Quinn" Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Model 1170, Walnut + Wool
By Gunlocke, Jens Risom, Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Framingham, MA
"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 North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Wool, Upholstery, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Dining Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar dining chairs, canned backs with newly upholstered cotton velvet seats great plains, mahogany frames crafted, highly skilled bent multiple layers of veneer, front ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pair of Club Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

Excellent Set of 8 Dunbar Dining Chairs designed by Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful set of 8 dining chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This set included two arm chairs and six side chairs, the mohair fabric shows minor wear, the wood frames are ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Edward Wormley Pair of Armchairs in Green Fabric
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, set of 2 armchairs, beech and velvet, United States, 1960s This pair of Mid-Century Modern armchair were designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This stu...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Beech

Pair of Edward Wormley "Alexandria" Chairs for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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 designs. Refinished and with new si...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Silk, Mahogany

'A-Frame' Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Slipper Chair circa 1950s with Original Upholstery
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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....
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Pair of Side Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
A pair of walnut side chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Red leather cushion on solid wood seat with slightly curved caned back. Simple and elegant form with a Japanese sensibility...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Cane, Walnut

Set of Four Edward Wormley for Dunbar Horned Dining Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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 ...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Cane

Edward Wormley Rocking Chaise Lounge for Dunbar, circa 1955
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Edward Wormley rocking chaise lounge for Dunbar, circa 1955. Professionally restored and upholstered in Maharam Mohair.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mohair, Cane, Oak

Pair of Dunbar Swivel Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of early design swivel chairs by Edward Wormley. Fully restored. Refinished mahogany bases, covered n angora mohair.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mohair, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Dining Chairs, Set of 4
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century dining chairs - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 22 wide x 19 deep x 34 high, with a seat height of 18.5 inches and an arm height of 26 inches ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Armchairs, Set of Four, 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Houston, TX
Edward Wormley Janus Chairs for Dunbar with Casters Model 5705, Set of Four USA, 1957. Stained mahogany, upholstery, brass. Measures: 27 W x 27 D x 30.5 H inches.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Brass

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 solid walnut legs. [Dunbar...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather

6 Edward Wormley Dining Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

1960s Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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

Four Janus Chairs Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Original Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric
By Edward Wormley, Jack Lenor Larsen, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare set of four Janus chairs, two armchairs and two armless chairs, in the original and amazing Jack Lenor Larsen orange patterned fabric. Condition overall is excellent. The foam i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Upholstery

Pair of Dunbar Chairs in Black Leather
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of Dunbar chairs in mahogany and black leather, designed by Edward Wormley, circa 1966. Professionally refinished in a very dark, almost ebony finish. Original black leather in ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

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...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Rosewood, Walnut

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

Materials

Leather, Cane, Mahogany

Pair of Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Cantilevered Chairs in Blue Velvet
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar pair of cantilever lounge chairs, model 480, oakwood base structures. Reupholstered in a Smokey blue velvet.
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Brass

Dunbar X-Base Janus Stools by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of “Thebes” stools by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored. Based refinished in Dunbar espresso tone over mahogany. New foam cushion reupholstered in blue velvet.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mohair

Set of Eight Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Dining Chairs, 1960s
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Hamburg, PA
A sturdy set of eight Roger Sprunger for Dunbar dining chairs. The set of stylized chairs have high backs and X-bases to create a dramatic effect. These ebonized chairs are structura...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Wide Side Chair by Roger Sprunger
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Providence, RI
Wide side chair in ash, designed by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar, circa 1975. Newly upholstered in hemp fabric. Measures 23 1/2" deep x 22" wide x 34" tall, with a 20" seat height.    
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Ash, Hemp

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

Set of Eight Upholstered Dining Chairs by Dunbar, 1970s
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Set of Eight Upholstered Dining Chairs by Dunbar, 1970s. Set of eight dining chairs in wood and upholstery by Dunbar, 1970s. Four shown. Two arms, six sides upholstered in Jack Lenor...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut and Platinum Velvet Side Chair by Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
This elegant side chair was realized by Dunbar and handmade in Berne, Indiana circa 1950. It features a gently curved back with stylized scroll form embellishments on the ends; taper...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Velvet

Slipper Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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 fabric is in good, usable condition. Dark brown mah...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of Janus High Back Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Edward Wormley Slipper Chair for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning Edward Wormley slipper chair for Dunbar designed in the 1950s. This chair is one of Wormley's iconic designs and it couldn't be more current today. The chair is extremely ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

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 dealer)
Category

1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of armchairs in original blue leather with rosewood arms cane backs.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Manhattan Lounge Chairs Bauhaus Fabric, 1980
By Dunbar Furniture, John Saladino
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

Rare Edward Wormley inspired Roger Sprunger for Dunbar armless lounge Chair
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Ferndale, MI
Walnut frame leather lounge chair by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Dunbar Chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Dunbar Chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and 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. In-stock of these items we have 47 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Dunbar's original chairs 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 Charles Eames, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Edward Wormley. Dunbar Chairs prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $875 and tops out at $24,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,800 on average.