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Edward Wormley Furniture

Edward Wormley (USA, 1907-1995)

As the longtime director of design for the Dunbar furniture company, Edward Wormley was, along with such peers as George Nelson at Herman Miller Inc., and Florence Knoll of Knoll Inc., one of the leading forces in bringing modern design into American homes in the mid 20th century. Not an axiomatic modernist, Wormley deeply appreciated traditional design, and consequently his work has an understated warmth and a timeless quality that sets it apart from other furnishings of the era.

     Wormley was born in rural Illinois and as a teenager took correspondence courses from the New York School of Interior Design. He later attended the Art Institute of Chicago but ran out of money for tuition before he could graduate. Marshall Field hired Wormley in 1930 to design a line of reproduction 18th-century English furniture; the following year he was hired by the Indiana-based Dunbar, where he quickly distinguished himself. It was a good match. Dunbar was an unusual firm: it did not use automated production systems; its pieces were mostly hand-constructed. For his part, Wormley did not use metal as a major component of furniture; he liked craft elements such as caned seatbacks, tambour drawers, or the woven-wood cabinet fronts seen on his Model 5666 sideboard of 1956. He designed two lines for Dunbar each year — one traditional, one modern — until 1944, by which time the contemporary pieces had become the clear best sellers.

     Many of Wormley’s signature pieces are modern interpretations of traditional forms. His 1946 Riemerschmid Chair —an example is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art — recapitulates a late 19th-century German design. The long, slender finials of his Model 5580 dining chairs are based on those of Louis XVI chairs; his Listen-to-Me Chaise (1948) has a gentle Rococo curve; the “Precedent” line that Wormley designed for Drexel Furniture in 1947 is a simplified, pared-down take on muscular Georgian furniture. But he could invent new forms, as his Magazine Table of 1953, with its bent wood pockets, and his tiered Magazine Tree (1947), both show. And Wormley kept his eye on design currents, creating a series of tables with tops that incorporate tiles and roundels by the great modern ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler. As the items on these pages demonstrate, Edward Wormley conceived of a subdued sort of modernism, designing furniture that fits into any decorating scheme and does not shout for attention.

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Swiveling "Janus" Lounge Chairs and Ottomans by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare pair of swiveling Janus lounge chairs and ottomans on walnut bases with brass feet. Fully restored and upholstered in a Knoll wool. Priced and sold individually.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Upholstery

Four Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of four armchairs/dining chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Restored walnut frames with new velvet upholstery.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Velvet

Swiveling Stool by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of swiveling vanity stools/chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Reupholstered in blue velvet with maple legs and brass sabots. Priced and sold individually.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Velvet

Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A bleached mahogany woven front credenza designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Mahogany

Set of Four "Horseshoe" Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of four horseshoe armchairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Walnut

Set of Ten Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of ten dining chairs with walnut bases. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Upholstered in Holly Hunt fabric.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Walnut

A-Frame Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An elegant A-frame lounge chair with original pink leather. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Leather

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Desk / Armchair
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautifully detailed ash and rosewood desk armchair with leather seat. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1960s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Ash

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa Model 4907A
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A Classic sofa design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar with polished nickel legs and fully restored in mohair upholstery with down back pillows.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Mohair

Rare Olive Burl Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare and beautiful two-door cabinet with solid brass knockers and Spanish marble top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Olive

Split Arm Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautifully restored split arm sofa with walnut base. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Reupholstered in a lavender colored Mohair with down back cushions.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Mohair

Magazine table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A triangular ash magazine table with inset leather top and leather straps. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Ash

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Magazine Tree Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Magazine tree table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Mahogany

Settee by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Settee model 5406 with rosewood legs. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Fabric

Dunbar Tete-a-Tete Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Tete-a-tete sofa / daybed designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored and upholstered in "painted" velvet.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Velvet

Dunbar Tile Top Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A Murano glass tile top table on bleached mahogany base. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Murano Glass

Sofa by Edward Wormley for Drexel
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare Precedent sofa / daybed designed by Edward Wormey for Drexel.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Cane Back Wing Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare pair of cane back wing chairs model 6016 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1960.
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1960s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Mahogany

Dunbar Burled Birch Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare burled birch trey table with ebonized base. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Birch

Travertine and Mahogany Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A mahogany coffee table with inset travertine top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Travertine

Leather Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Lounge chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in original leather.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Leather

Chaise Lounge by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare mahogany frame chaise designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Restored.
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1960s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Fabric

Pair of Dunbar Cane Back Armchairs by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of cane back armchairs designed by Edward Wormley. Walnut with original leather seats. Two pairs available.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of Heart Stools by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of rare and early heart stools designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Walnut

Rosewood Clover Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
The clover game table in rosewood and mahogany by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Rosewood

Set of Four Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare set of four cane back dining chairs with mahogany frames. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Beautifully restored.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Mahogany

Four Dunbar Alexandria Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare set of four Dunbar Alexandria occasional chairs, model 6004, designed by Edward Wormley. Beautifully restored and upholstered in leather.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Walnut

Dunbar Party Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautifully restored "Party" sofa designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Reupholstered in Fret's Mojave bouclé.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Dunbar Vanity Stool by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A bleached mahogany stool with blue velvet upholstery. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Swivel Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of swivel chairs on walnut bases designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.  
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1970s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Benches by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A matching pair of bleached mahogany benches by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Dunbar Lounge Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of Dunbar lounge chairs designed by Edward Wormley.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Dunbar Thebes Stools by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautifully restored pair of Dunbar Thebes stools designed by Edward Wormley.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Mahogany

Rosewood Roll Top Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rosewood tambour roll top desk with brass feet and leather trim. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.  
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

One Arm Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A one arm sofa designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in mohair.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Slipper Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of slipper chairs with mahogany bases. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Janus Side Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A stone top Janus side table with mahogany and brass base. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of walnut Janus end tables designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Early Pair of Dunbar Swivel Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An early pair of Dunbar swivel chairs designed by Edward Wormley. Fully restored in Holly Hunt leather with walnut bases.
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1940s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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Leather

Armless Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An armless banquette sofa with walnut legs. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Dunbar Tile Top Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A Murano glass tile top table on bleached mahogany base. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Stool by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An ash stool with sheepskin cover seat. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A Classic Dunbar sofa fully restored with mohair fabric and down cushions. This version has rare fluted rosewood legs with brass tips. Designed by Edward Wormley.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Dunbar" Party" Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of large-scale tufted party club chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Two pairs available as well as a pair of sofas.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Dunbar Console or Sofa Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A mahogany and walnut console table with rosewood pulls. The table features book holders on either side and three drawers. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Game Table with Natzler Tiles
By Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare walnut game table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar with ceramic tiles by Otto and Gertrude Natzler.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Dunbar Sheaf of Wheat Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A "Sheaf of wheat" side table with travertine top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Nesting Tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An early set of three nesting tables in original lacquer. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Set of Eight Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of eight bleached mahogany dining chairs with mohair seats. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Six sides and two arms.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Edward Wormley "a Chair" for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare chair in mahogany with solid brass legs. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tables with Natzler Tiles
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare pair of mahogany end tables designed by Edward Worlmey for Dunbar with ceramic tiles by Otto and Gertrude Natzler.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A Classic Dunbar form with tapered wood legs and brass sabots. Newly upholstered in plush grey mohair. Designed by Edward Wormley.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Sofa/Chaise by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A one armed sofa or chaise with brass legs. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Party Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar ( pair available )
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A Classic modernist Chesterfield "Part Sofa" designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Pair available.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Dunbar Janus Lounge Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of Dunbar Janus lounge chairs designed by Edward Wormley.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Nightstands by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A pair of bedside tables in walnut with laminate tops and brass feet. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Large Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A large walnut and burl coffee table with brass feet. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1960s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Toad Stool Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare toad stool table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Pair of Chests by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An elegant pair of three-drawer chests in black walnut with rosewood pulls and brass feet. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

Brass Bench and Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A brass bench with upholstered leather top and matching brass table with glass top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Priced and sold separately.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Furniture

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