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Dunbar Credenzas

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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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Creator: Dunbar
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
Classic Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany credenza with solid brass hardware. Nine drawers with center cabinet.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
Two Edward Wormley cabinets with corrugated wood sliding doors and center drawer section in a grey brown finish Each cabinet is 20" deep by 49" wide by 31.25 high.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Credenzas

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Mahogany

Rare Vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar Double Sided Room Divider Credenza with S
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Custom designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar this cleverly designed walnut credenza, sideboard, room divider has 3 sliding doors on both sides r...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Wood

Edward Wormley Mahogany and Rosewood Raised Edge Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany cabinet with four large drawers and a center shelved cabinet on plinth base. The pair of ...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar 136" Monumental Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar 136" Monumental Credenza Big "D" Dunbar metal label inside 136.50" length 29.50" high 20" deep
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1960s Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Oak

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza Model, 5668A, C. 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Westport, CT
A mid-century modern gem, this mahogany credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar exudes timeless elegance. Meticulously restored, its sleek design and ample storage make it a versatile ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Credenzas

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Mahogany

Mid Century Walnut Sliding Door Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, c1960s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Seize the opportunity to own a slice of design history with this exquisite vintage mid-century modern credenza, masterfully designed by the legendary Edward Wormley for Dunbar, hailing from the creative zenith of the 1960s. This credenza is a testament to Wormley's philosophy that functional furniture should not forsake beauty. Having received a meticulous restoration, the rich walnut wood displays a lustrous finish, with even the backing revitalized to showcase its full glory from every angle. This svelte case piece stretches 72 inches in width, stands 28 inches high, and reaches 15 inches in depth—a refined and slim profile that distinguishes it from its more robust counterparts. It features a trio of leather off-white doors that slide with satisfying precision to reveal a trio of adjustable shelves, offering versatile storage solutions for the discerning collector or design enthusiast. Edward Wormley's association with Dunbar Furniture brought about an era of accessible, yet sophisticated designs that were inherently modern yet timeless. Wormley's work is characterized by its sublime craftsmanship and elegance, a homage to the harmony between function and form—a narrative that this credenza exemplifies. Envision this piece as the centerpiece in a minimalist setting, its clean lines and warm walnut tones contrasting with the cool austerity of modern design. Equally, it would serve as a sophisticated anchor in an eclectic interior, bridging the gap between various eras and styles. From a chic Bauhaus-inspired space to a cozy Scandinavian nook...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany and Cane Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany and Cane Credenza This credenza measures: 81.5 wide x 18 deep x 32 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call res...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Cane, Mahogany

Mid century Modern Rosewood and chrome credenza by Roger Sprunger Dunbar
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Handsome Mid Century credenza designed in the 1970s by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar #1060. Composed of exquisite rosewood veneer and chrome inset pulls and square tube legs. Plenty of s...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Steel, Chrome

Edward Wormley for Dunbar MCM Curved Front Burlwood, Mahogany and Brass Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Curved Front Burlwood, Mahogany and Brass Credenza This credenza measures: 65.5 wide x 19 deep x 33.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Harvey Probber for Dunbar Woven Sideboard
By Dunbar Furniture, Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lacquered mahogany credenza designed by Harvey Probber. Features woven wood sliding doors with brass strips woven in. Twelve total drawers, this piece can be used in the bedroom or l...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany Credenza This credenza measures: 61.5 wide x 18 deep x 34 inches 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 Credenzas

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Mahogany, Upholstery

Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Burled Olivewood Sideboard or Credenza
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A stunning burled olivewood credenza designed by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar. The credenza features gorgeous wood grain and clean, sleek modern lines. The wood case rests on black meta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Credenzas

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Metal

Edward Wormley for Dunbar 4-Piece Black Lacquer Asian Modern Modular Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture, Renzo Rutili, Edward Wormley, John Stuart Inc.
Located in Chattanooga, TN
At 8' 4" long, this modular credenza by Dunbar is a sight to behold. The fusion of British Colonial, Far East, Regency and Modern create a distinctive harmony, rarely found in such ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Bleached Mahogany Sliding Door Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Bleached Mahogany Sliding Door Credenza This credenza measures: 41.5 wide x 18 deep x 34 inches hi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cain Front Mahogany Sideboard on a Plinth Base
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cain front mahogany sideboard on a Plinth Base, Features: Two drawers and one double drawer with removable dividers, Four sliding doors with 3 storage compa...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Mahogany

Vintage Dunbar Mahogany Credenza Cane Door Fronts
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Toledo, OH
Vintage bleached mahogany credenza by Dunbar Furniture Company. Three sliding doors with cane inserts. Adjustable interior shelves. Original f...
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Mid-20th Century North American Modern Dunbar Credenzas

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mcm Bleached Mahogany Sliding Door Credenza, Pair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid-century bleached mahogany sliding door credenza - pair. Each credenza measures: 41.5 wide x 18 deep x 34 inches high. All pieces of furniture can ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Black Lacquered Sideboard or Bar Cabinet, Refinished
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Edward Wormley for Dunbar USA, 1950s Mahogany in black lacquered finish. Cabinet locks and key is in...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Mahogany, Lacquer

Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Expertly Restored
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Mahogany storage cabinet with woven sliding doors and drawers designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The two sliding doors have fronts woven with thin pieces of mahogany and nickel p...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Nickel

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 Credenzas

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Bronze

Two Signed Edward Wormley for Dunbar Ebonized Walnut Woven Front Credenzas
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Two signed Edward Wormley for Dunbar ebonized walnut woven front credenzas with brass fittings. One piece is a darker walnut than the other so they are not exactly matching in colora...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet / Credenza in Mahogany and Walnut
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Culver City, CA
This buffet is absolutely stunning! This ebonized mahogany and walnut sideboard / buffet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar features heavy brass accents and pulls in a gorgeous chinoiserie feel. A piece like this is so elegant and clean it can really seamlessly inject a modern, refined look into any environment. We currently have this piece in our gallery paired with a brass Mastercraft dining table, accented with brass Paul Evans cityscape dining chairs...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Mahogany, Walnut

Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Sprunger for Dunbar credenza, bronze sides with two file drawers and 3 pencil drawers. (Dunbar label inside drawer).
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Bronze

Modular Six-Piece Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Very rare and unusual piece by Edward Wormley. This modular credenza in walnut can be put together in a host of different configurations. Detailed with l...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Dunbar Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage modern Dunbar credenza features a lacquered hard wood base, spacious interior cabinets, and unique metal pulls. This beautiful Mid-Century piece is...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Sliding Door Sideboard or Credenza Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany sideboard. Item features clean Mid-Century Modern lines, brass accents at the base, two dovetail constructed upper drawers. four sliding cabinet do...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Mahogany Basket Weave Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a rare ribbon mahogany and stainless steel basket weave front credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This piece retains its original Dunbar finish which is in excellent condi...
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1960s American Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Stainless Steel

Edward Wormley Sideboard Model 671 A for Dunbar Custom Order 1953
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Camden, ME
An Edward Wormley walnut and Japanese fir sideboard , model 671A for Dunbar, circa 1953. A rare exquisite Japanese inspired walnut cabinet with two drawers with cast bronze pulls and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Walnut, Paper

A Walnut Sideboard by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A walnut server with central compartment having a removable glass-bottom serving tray & one adjustable shelf, flanked by two banks of four drawers over one long drawer all with brass...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Edward Wormley Credenza / Server for Dunbar in Bleached Walnut and Brass
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful bleached walnut credenza / server with solid brass hardware designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The top two drawers contain removable felt-lined silverware trays...
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1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Rare Woven Front Credenza by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rare woven front credenza with walnut strips interlacing unique rectangular rods. Four (4) drawers with brass pulls over four sliding doors with interior drawers and shelves.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Brass

Roger Sprunger for Dunbar #7111 Olive Burl Sideboard Credenza, c. 1965, Signed
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A simply breathtaking and rare model #7111 Olive Burl sideboard by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Furniture, circa 1965. Signed with the Dunbar brass emblem in one of the pull-out drawers...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Credenzas

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Metal

Dunbar credenzas for sale on 1stDibs.

Dunbar credenzas 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 credenzas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original credenzas 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 credenzas by Edward Wormley, Calvin, and Knoll. Prices for Dunbar credenzas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,425 and can go as high as $30,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,500.
Questions About Dunbar Credenzas
  • 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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