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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
Mahogany Armchair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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

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

Materials

Bouclé, Cane, Wood

Incredible Caned Y back A-Frame Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, C. 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Hudson, NY
A very beautiful original example of an Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Company "Y" chair or "A-Frame" chair circa 1950-1959. Featuring brass feet, walnut frame, caned back, and ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Cane, Walnut

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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany Dining Chairs, Set of 8
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century Mahogany dining chairs - set of 8 Each armless chair measures: 20 wide x 20 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 17 inches Each captains ch...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormely for Dunbar Janus Chair in Mohair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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

Materials

Mohair, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sculptural Walnut and Brass Dining Chairs, Set of 4
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Audubon, NJ
A set of 4 newly reupholstered and refinished Dunbar model no. 5446 armless dining chairs designed by Edward Wormley, circa 1950s. Gorgeous walnut frames with elegant brass stretcher...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Mid-Century Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus mid-century lounge chairs - pair. This chair measures: 27 wide x 27 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 15.5 and arm height/chair clearance 21 in...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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

Mahogany, Cane

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 Chair for Dunbar Model 2424B
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

Midcentury "Quinn" Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Model 1170, Walnut + Wool
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley, Gunlocke, Jens Risom
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 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

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 4827 Slipper Lounge Chair Freshly Upholstered
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Hudson, NY
Model 4827 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Striking lounge chair. This piece is amongst Wormley's most collectable pieces. Freshly reupholsted in a stunning high grade grey ve...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

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

4 Edward Wormley Dunbar Mid Century Modern Mahogany Dining Game Chairs Leather
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
"A rare set of 4 Edward Wormley for Dunbar dining or game chairs, circa 1950s.. Made from mahogany with cane back and burnt orange leather seats. Marked along underside. Provenanc...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

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 24.5 inches All pieces of furnit...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Set of 6 Dunbar Dining Chairs Designed by Wormley, Circa 1950's
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of dining chairs, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1940/1950's. The chairs feature mahogany frames, caned backs and three come with original leather seat pad. Th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Cane, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Slipper Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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 base structures, oil finish, reupholstered with spinney beck leather. Sprunger worked under Edward ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Pair of Slipper or Lounge Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Pair of slipper or lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1950s Dunbar Furniture Model 5000-A from the Decorator Group. Tufted upholstery, piping and pillows need re upholstery ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Pair of Armchairs in Green Velvet Upholstery
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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 stunn...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Velvet, Beech

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

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

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

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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pull-Up Lounge Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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

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 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

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

Pair of Dunbar Chairs in Black Leather
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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

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

'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

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

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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 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 make great desk chairs as we...
Category

1950s American Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Mahogany

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

Four Janus Chairs Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Original Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture, Jack Lenor Larsen
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

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 fabric is in good, usable condition. Dark brown mah...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, 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 dealer)
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Chairs

Materials

Fabric

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Dining Chairs, Set of 8
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century dining chairs - set of 8 Each armless chair measures: 21 wide x 23 deep x 34.5 high, with a seat height of 18.5 inches Each captains chair m...
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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

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

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. In our collection of Dunbar chairs there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 48 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original chairs by Dunbar were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles Eames and Edward Wormley. Dunbar chairs can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$875 and tops out at US$24,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$5,550 on average.
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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