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.

Rare and Exceptional Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley
Rare and Exceptional Lounge Chair by Edward Wor...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Lounge chair model No. 5700 in laminated ash with cane back and upholstered seat with back pillow by Edward Wormley for the Janus Collection, American, 1957. This chair, which is ver...
Dunbar Chesterfield Sofa

Dunbar Chesterfield Sofa

By Dunbar Furniture
Dunbar Chesterfield Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Chesterfield sofa, reupholstered in spinney beck leather.
Small-Scale Leather Wing Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Small-Scale Leather Wing Chair by Edward Wormle...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1930s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs
Small-scale wing chair No. 1710B with base in mahogany designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1930s. Refinished and reupholstered in chocolate brown leather with nickel stu...
Rare Daybed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Rare Daybed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Upholstery, Wood
Rare daybed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Upholstered with tapering rosewood legs.
Coffee Table with Faceted Olive Burl Pedestal Base by Edward Wormley
Coffee Table with Faceted Olive Burl Pedestal B...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Coffee table No. 6302G with faceted olive burl pedestal base and thick glass top by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1963 (Dunbar metal tag on base).
Round Dining Table in Brazilian Rosewood by Edward Wormley
Round Dining Table in Brazilian Rosewood by Edw...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Tables
Round dining table in Brazilian rosewood designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1960s (Dunbar tag on bottom) Refinished.
Dunbar Party Chairs with Ottomans by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Party Chairs with Ottomans by Edward Wor...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet
Edward Wormley "Party Chairs" with rare rolling ottomans. Dunbar model 7160. Fully restored and reupholstered. Ottomans measures 24 long x 18 deep x 13 tall.
Set of Four Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Set of Four Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Cane, Oak
Set of four dining armchairs, model no. 5954 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Stained oak frames retain original caned backs. Seats have been reupholstered in muslin and ready ...
Parsons Style Side Table by Edward Wormley
Parsons Style Side Table by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Parsons style side table in walnut by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1960s (Dunbar tag and label on bottom).
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Executive Highback Le...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs
Leather, Wood
For the Executive with panache, this sizable black leather desk chair was designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar in the 1960s. This earlier production example has a sculpt...
Edward Wormley Special Order Drop-Front Clover ...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Tables
Mahogany
A beautiful and practical design. The table utilizes bookmatched veneer to create an optic pattern. Hidden compartment for silverware. Probably a custom design.
Vintage Chest by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A very handsome vintage 1960s four-drawer chest designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Graduated height drawers have the original brass hardware, and the top drawer is divided. Case ...
Loveseat or Settee by Edward Wormley Restored t...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Loveseats
Upholstery, Mahogany
Rare armless love seat by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Classic Wormley floating bracket design with mahogany legs. This very comfortable settee has been fully restored and reupholstere...
Clean-Line End Table in Teak by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Clean-line end table in teak by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1950s. (Dunbar metal tag on bottom).
Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
This elegant sofa is a 1950s design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. It features a tufted back and a long bench seat resting on tapered walnut feet. The sofa is upholstered in Knoll's s...
Vintage Mahogany and Rosewood Table by Edward W...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Side Tables
A very nice vintage 1960s occasional table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Beautiful details with subtly curved top and skirt, and legs which are slightly wider at the base. Frame is e...
Pair of Twin Headboards by Edward Wormley for D...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Pair of twin headboards in mahogany with inset cane by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1950s (paper label).
Pair of Petite Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Slipp...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Rarely seen pair of Petite "Slipper benches" model #684 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Newly upholstered frames on zebra wood legs.
Dunbar Coffee Table with Tiffany Tiles by Edwar...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A beautiful and rare walnut Wormley coffee table with inset Tiffany favrile tiles. From Dunbar's most desired Janus line. Signed with manufactures label. In excellent restored condit...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Burl Cocktail ...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A very expressive Carpathian elm burl top cocktail table with solid brass capped feet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Retains Dunbar label.
Swivel Vanity Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
Mid-Century Modern, pickled mahogany vanity chair by Edward Warmly for Dunbar with caned back and blush pink leather upholstered seat.
Pair of Dunbar Swivel Chairs by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Swivel Chairs
A large-scale pair of swivel chairs on mahogany bases. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored and upholstered in Knoll wool.
Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection ...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Elm
Nice matched pair of Edward Wormley Precedent collection silver elm end tables. Beautifully refinished and ready to go!
Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Brass Handle Armchair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Upholstery, Mahogany
Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar desk or dining chair with tapered legs and brass handle or handhold, circa 1950s. Shown in all original condition with vintage Asian style fabric, has mi...
Rare Dunbar "Modern Morris Settee" by Edward Wo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Mohair, Mahogany
Rare "Modern Morris settee". Early design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1940s. Fully restored sofa. Refinished laminated mahogany frame with new mohair upholstery. Not many of ...
Pair of Dunbar Benches, Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass, Mohair, Mahogany
Pair of benches by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored. Mahogany bases with brass details. Newly upholstered mohair cushions.
Dunbar A1012 Plateau Cocktail Table, by Edward ...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Wood
Edward Wormley A1012 Plateau cocktail table, manufactured for Dunbar. Two tone wood top, lower shelf and brass stretchers. Brass Dunbar plaque.   
Edward Wormley, Pentagonal Coffee Table
Edward Wormley, Tiffany Studios
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Mahogany
Edward Wormley, pentagonal coffee table A pentagonal coffee table of mahogany (model 5625T) by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Features a star burst of Tiffany Studios Favrile glass tile...
Edward Wormley Channel Back Chairs, Model No. 4827
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Leather
A pair of No. 4827 lounge chairs by Edward Wormley with a channel back detail. Newly restored in red Moore & Giles leather with a black leather contrast trim and antique brass legs.

Edward Wormley, Sofa

By Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley, Sofa
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Wool, Silk, Velvet, Walnut
A sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Restored in a teal silk velvet with two down filled throw pillows and walnut legs.
Edward Wormley Early Wing Chairs
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs
A pair or early mahogany based wing chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Design from the 1940s, recently restored in a natural linen with nailhead trim and 100% down filled ...
Edward Wormley, Tufted Sofa
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet, Wood
A long, tufted sofa by Edward Wormley recently restored in a George Spencer paprika color velvet with contrast silk trim and six mahogany legs.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rare Round Occasional...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Gueridon
A pair of exceptionally rare and unusual round occasional tables in walnut and rosewood with laminate tops and stainless steel structure. Tables with a single drawer and rosewood fee...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Five-Drawer Commode, ...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany
Please find a commode finished in stained mahogany and raised on tapered brass legs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. American, circa 1950. Edward Wormley worked in that extraordinary p...
Midcentury Oasis Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas
A rare Classic to behold in this stunning vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar sofa. The rounded lines of this gorgeous sofa combined with its large size create a welcoming "Oasis" of s...
Rare Chaise Longue by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Rare chaise lounge designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model 1997 daybed, design circa 1941. Fully restored and reupholstered in charcoal mohair. Espresso finish with aluminium legs.
Pair of Perfect Cube End Tables by Edward Worml...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Pair of cube-shaped, three-level end tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, signed, USA, circa 1950. Professionally refinished in dark chocolate brown. Very good to excellent condit...
Swivel Armchair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Mahogany, Chenille, Upholstery
A 1960s Dunbar swivel armchair designed by Edward Wormley. The base is ebonized mahogany. The back cushion is filled with a mix of goose feathers and down. Recently reupholstered in ...

Pair of Dunbar Chair

By Dunbar Furniture
Pair of Dunbar Chair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Velvet, Ash
Pair of Dunbar model number 5480 chairs in ash and brass, circa 1962. Arguably one of Wormley's best designs. Newly upholstered in an off white cut velvet. New foam was installed dur...
Dunbar Swivel Chair Designed by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Swivel Chairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
Model #5609 swivel lounge chair designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar, circa 1965. Newly reupholstered in red chenille. Mahogany base refinished. If you would like a s...
Bermuda Bench in Original Oil Drop Leather by D...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Leather, Mahogany
Bermuda bench in original oil drop leather by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1946. We offer free delivery on most of our items within the Long Island or Greater NYC, northern Ne...
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs in ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Armchairs
Leather, Mahogany
This fine pair of sturdy and versatile armchairs designed by Edward Wormley reflects Dunbar's signature high-quality construction. The wood frames have been professionally refinished...
Set of Dressers by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Mahogany, Lacquer
Dunbar, Edward Wormley Mahogany, black lacquer, USA, 1942 "Enduring Modern" collection from the "New World Group" Measures: Each 31 tall x 34 wide and 20 inches deep. Price is ...
Mid Century Dunbar Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Early 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Dunbar sofa designed by Edward Wormley. Beautiful cream and taupe designer fabric outlines this expertly crafted beauty. Back cushions are down filled for added comfort. Sofa has bee...
Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent End...
Edward Wormley, Drexel
Vintage 1950s American American Modern End Tables
Brass, Elm
Refined simplicity designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel. The end tables are part of the Precedent collection that he produced in the 1950s. Constructed of silver elm veneers and bra...
Edward Wormley, Rare Small Desk, Dark Walnut on...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Walnut
A rare walnut desk by Edward Wormley with curved front and back. Three drawers with brass pulls. Mounted on a brass base. Manufactured by American manufacturer Dunbar in the 1950s.
Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet with Asian...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany
Mid-Century Modern Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar cabinet with brass Asian hardware. All original dark had rubbed finish on mahogany, top will be polished and touched up prior to shipp...
Black Mid Century Bar Cart Party Server by Edwa...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts
Laminate, Wood
Very rare black Edward Wormley for Dunbar party server bar cart model 5433. This 1950s bar cart features one drawer and one door compartment concealing one adjustable shelve along wi...
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Square ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany
A simple and elegant mahogany table designed by Ed Wormley for Dunbar and dating from the 1960s. Perfect in a breakfast nook, eat-in kitchen or smaller dining areas; also great as a ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut, Mahogany and ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Mahogany, Walnut
A simple and elegant Mid-Century Modern model 310 end or occasional table designed by Ed Wormley for Dunbar and dating from the 1950s. The rectangular top appears to float over a rec...
Cabinet Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany, Teak
Cabinet with Tambour Doors by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Dark Mahogany case with simulate natural rosewood on teak tambour doors and integral brass handles. Adjustable ...
Oasis Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa ...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery, Mahogany
An extremely rare example of an early crescent shaped Oasis sofa with high back ends designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1940s. Original upholstery, single owner provenance.
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Bronze, Upholstery, Mahogany
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar lounge chairs with a nailhead trim. Dunbar, USA, 1950s upholstery, mahogany, bronze. Measures: 28 W x 28 D x 36 H inches.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tear Drop Chair, 1957
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Wood, Brass, Leather
Edward Wormley tear drop chair, model 5106 Chair in original condition with Dunbar leather, work was a special order finish for prior estate. Matching chair and ottoman available. ...
Rare Edward Wormley Four-Panel Cane and Walnut ...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Screens and Room Dividers
Cane, Walnut
Rare Edward Wormley four-panel cane and walnut screen, mfg. Dunbar. Brass label underneath. Each panel is 19" wide so overall length is approximately 76".
Dunbar Woven-Front Credenza by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Mahogany, Nickel
Mahogany woven front sideboard with nickel accent rods. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s.
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar lounge chairs.
Edward Wormley Tête-à-Tête Sofa (Model 5944) fo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass, Velvet, Walnut
Offered for sale is a rare Dunbar tête-à-tête sofa (model 5944) designed by Edward Wormley, circa 1950. Beautifully upholstered in a rich royal purple velvet on a walnut frame with b...
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