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Dunbar Desks

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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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Executive Desk
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century executive desk Desk measures: 60 wide x 27 deep x 29.25 inches high with a chair clearance of 24.5 inches All pieces of furniture can be had...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Wood

Stunning & Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany & Leather Desk w Bookshelves
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Hudson, NY
Expertly restored mahogany desk designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Stamp present on underside of top drawer. Mahogany construction with leather wrapped base. Absolutely stunning ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Desks

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Leather, Mahogany

1960´s brown wooden Desk by Edward Wormley 'b'
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
A stately and elegant wood and walnut desk having three drawers and two wooden roll-top compartments flanking a central writing surface with a flip-down back splash, floating on a sp...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Wood, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Desk and Return
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
1960s Edward Wormley desk and ensuite return, label, currently being refinished, desk. Measures: 72 W x 36.5 D x 29 H. Return 60 W x 30.5 D x 29 H.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Wood

Edward Wormley Desk by Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This striking midcentury writing desk features iconic Edward Wormley design including large metal ring drawer pulls, formica style top, and two tone construction. The striking mix of...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Desks

Streamline Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An asymmetrical cantilevered mahogany desk designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Mahogany

Vintage Executive Rosewood Tambour Doors Desk Model #452 by Edward J. Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Burbank, CA
Elegant vintage executive desk designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United States in 1957. This iconic model #452 desk features a solid walnut frame and writing surface wi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Brass

1960s Brown Wooden Desk by Edward Wormley 'c'
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Desk, walnut and rosewood, Edward Wormley for Dunbar, USA, 1967. A stately and elegant wood and walnut desk having three drawers and two roll-top compartments in rosewood flanking...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Wood, Walnut, Rosewood

Dunbar Contract Division Mid Century Executive Desk
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Dunbar contract division Mid Century executive desk Desk measures: 72 wide x 36 deep x 28.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condit...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Plexiglass, Wood

Dunbar Rosewood and Chrome Executive Desk by Roger Sprunger
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Dallas, TX
A Mid-Century Modern Dunbar executive desk in the style of Roger Sprunger. Rosewood with chrome double pedestal base. Includes one file drawer, two regular drawers, and middle drawer...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Chrome

Rosewood and Mahogany Roll Top Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rosewood and mahogany roll top desk, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, circa 1960s. This piece is being refinished and will look incredible when completed. The price n...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley Desk for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley design six drawer desk for Dunbar, Berne Indiana. Newly refinished with a mustard leather top, gallery edge border and smooth gliding drawers, labeled. Together with ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Leather, Oak

Partners Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A mahogany partners desk with original leather top and base and brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Mahogany

Dunbar Desk Designed by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Providence, RI
Dunbar desk in mahogany, designed by Edward Wormley, circa 1951, for Dunbar. The front of the desk has a wraparound shelf area, as well as two storage areas ideal for books. The shap...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Desks

Materials

Mahogany

Dunbar Mid Century Walnut Executive Desk
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Dunbar mid century walnut executive desk. Desk measures: 84.25 wide x 40.25 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. T...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Walnut

Dunbar Writing Desk Designed by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Palm Desert, CA
This is a Dunbar writing desk designed by Edward Wormley. This desk has the original order ticket taped under the drawer and features the original finish. The drawer includes a built...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Desk with Drop Leaves and File Cabinet in Dark Finish
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Uncommon Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley designed compact desk for Dunbar, with two drop leaf extensions and file cabinet on wheels. Desk has two drawers, one large & medium includ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Brass

Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Desk
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Rarely seen and delicately designed Edward Wormley for Dunbar desk in walnut.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Walnut

Vintage Modern Dunbar Leather Top Desk
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Leather top double pedestal ten drawer executive desk in mahogany by Dunbar. The unique faux-tortoise shell finish on the leather top of this mid-century executive desk makes an impr...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

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Dunbar Mid Century Walnut Executive Desk
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Dunbar mid century walnut executive desk. Desk measures: 84.25 wide x 40.25 deep x 29 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. T...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Stow Davis mid century boomerang walnut executive desk The desk measures: 108 wide x 42.5 deep x 29.25 high, with a chair clearance of 27.75 inches high All pieces of furniture...
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Jens Risom Mid Century Walnut Double Sided Executive Desk
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Jens Risom mid century walnut double sided executive desk Desk measures: 81.25 wide x 36 deep x 29 inches high, with a chair clearance of 25.25 inches All pieces of furniture c...
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Dining Table
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century dining table This table measures: 66 wide x 44 deep x 30 inches high, and each of the 2 leaves are 24 wide with a total width of the table 11...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Edward Wormley For Dunbar Mid Century Dining Table
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Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Conference Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century conference table This table measures: 90 wide x 42 deep x 29 inches high, with a chair clearance of 29.5 inches All pieces of furniture ca...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Wood

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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Mainline by Hooker Mid Century 2 Sided Floating Walnut Executive Desk
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Jens Risom Style Mid Century Walnut and Laminate Executive Desk
By Jens Risom
Located in Countryside, IL
Jens Risom style mid century walnut and laminate executive desk This desk measures: 78 wide x 38 deep x 29.25 inches high, with a chair clearance of 27 inches ?All pieces of fu...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Previously Available Items
Mid-Century Modern Kneehole Leather-Top Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Lafayette, IN
Rare, early kneehole writing desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Desk features Mahogany and oak construction, solid brass hardware, inlaid leather top and unique, rounded 'waterfall' ...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Brass

Rosewood & Stainless Steel Desk by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large-scale Mid-Century Modern executive desk designed by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar. Gorgeous rosewood with stainless steel double pedestal base. Four drawers including one file,...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Stainless Steel

Midcentury Rosewood and Walnut Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Las Vegas, NV
This desk was purchased from the original owner. This desk is a custom version of the Dunbar model 452 desk created for the Owner by Dunbar. This piece was crafted of walnut and rose...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Desks

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Rosewood, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Solid Brazilian Rosewood Tambour Desk Model 912C
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
This rare beauty was designed to keep your office space uncluttered. The body of the desk is crafted from American walnut, the tambours are solid Brazilian rosewood and the sabots ar...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Desks

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Brass

Roger Sprunger for Dunbar Rosewood and Chrome Executive Desk
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Some pieces of furniture have a vibe all their own; this desk is one of those pieces. Clad in rosewood and polished stainless steel (chrome), this desk epitomizes midcentury luxury. ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Rosewood, Stained Glass

Midcentury Edward Wormley Desk by Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Esperance, NY
Absolutely stunning desk designed by Edward Wormley.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Wood

1950s Mid-Century Modern Walnut Executive Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Lafayette, IN
Grand style and grand scale combine in this wonderful executive desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Desk features walnut construction, brass and mahogany pulls, and the renowned Dunba...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Partners Desk with Bookshelf in Ebony with Red Leather
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Uncommon Edward Wormley for Dunbar, partners or library desk from an Arthur Elrod designed interior. Rear of desk flanked with bookcases on both sides of pedestals and two drawers wi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Brass

Edward J. Wormley Model #452 Tambour-Door Rosewood Desk for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant desk designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United States in 1957. This fabulous model #452 modern executive desk features a solid walnut wood frame and writing surf...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Desk with Brass Base
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
An oak and ash desk with brass base and hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1960s Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Brass

1950s Vintage Mid-Century Modern Executive Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Lafayette, IN
This wonderful executive desk by Edward Wormley is simple sophistication with its Minimalist, rectilinear lines. The understated design is complimented by the deep, mahogany veneer, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Desks

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Mahogany, Lacquer

Rosewood Platform Desk by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar
By Roger Sprunger, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning Rosewood desk by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar. Newly refinished in high gloss. Custom size of 5 feet wide. Rosewood top with middle pullout drawer. Original Dunbar metal tag in...
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1970s American Vintage Dunbar Desks

Materials

Chrome

Dunbar desks for sale on 1stDibs

The Dunbar desks 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 desks, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 19 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Dunbar's original desks were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider desks by Baker Furniture Company, Edward Wormley and Paul McCobb. Dunbar desk prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $2,600 and tops out at $14,675, while pieces like these can sell for $5,800 on average.