Edward Wormley Armchairs

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.

Edward Wormley Lounge Tuxedo Armchair
Edward Wormley Lounge Tuxedo Armchair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Wood
Edward Wormley lounge armchair for Dunbar on four chrome ball wheels. The armchair needs reupholstery and some love. In house upholstery available. Also available, a four-seat sofa, ...
Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs

Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Wormley for Dunbar pair of curved-back lounge chairs with solid walnut wood tapered legs with removable wheels. Retaining original floral pattern fabric. Measures: SH 16.50" with w...
Edward Wormley Lounge Chair

Edward Wormley Lounge Chair

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Lounge Chair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Tall back lounge chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Great lounge chair with smart angles and roomy proportions. Conical wood legs and button detail to the seat back.
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 ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rare pair of open armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model #4869B, dark-stained walnut frame with upholstered seat and back. Sculptural form, open-arm design with swivel mechan...
Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs

Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Wormley for Dunbar pair of curved-back lounge chairs with solid walnut wood tapered legs with removable wheels. Retaining original floral pattern fabric. Measures: SH 16.50" with w...
Edward Wormley Set of Four "Greene & Greene" Chairs
Edward Wormley Set of Four "Greene & Greene" Ch...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Walnut, Oak, Rosewood
Wormley for Dunbar rare armchairs, model 5718, set of four. Seats are upholstered with Jack Lenor fabric (tag indicates). Signed with applied brass rectangular manufacturer's label ...
Pair of Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Pair of Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Armchairs
A pair of armchairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs, circa 1960s
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs, ci...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Armchairs
Mohair, Mahogany
This fine pair of armchairs designed by Edward Wormley reflects Dunbar's signature high-quality construction. Sturdy and versatile, these chairs have been professionally refinished a...
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar's Janus Collection Ebonized Mahogany Armchairs
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar's Janus Colle...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
A pair of ebonized mahogany armchairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar’s Janus collection circa 1950. Each features a rounded back and serpentine shaped seat within an exposed s...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Captain Armchair"
Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Captain Armchair"
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Oak
Edward Wormley design for Dunbar "Captain Armchair" made from molded oak and new caned back. Perfectly refinished and labeled.
Edward Wormley Set of Six Dining Chairs for Mobiel Universel
Edward Wormley Set of Six Dining Chairs for Mob...
Edward Wormley, Le Mobilier Universel
Vintage 1960s Belgian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Set of six armchairs, lacquered black wood and fabric, design by Edward Wormely for Dunbar executed by Mobilier Universel, Jules Wabbes, Belgium, 1960s. This set of six grand armc...
Four Alexandria Chairs by Edward Wormley for Du...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
Set of 4 Alexandria Chairs designed by Edward Wormley. One of Wormley's most coveted designs. These can be used as dining / kitchen chairs, game table chairs or side chairs in any ro...

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
Upholstery, Mahogany
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 swa...
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...
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 Chair and Ottoman, 1957
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Foam, Leather, Rubber
Edward Wormley chair and ottoman. Chair in original Dunbar leather, work was a special order finish for prior estate. Model 5368. Dunbar, USA , circa 1957. Brass and leather ov...
Pair of Edward Wormley for "Dunbar" Armchairs
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American American Modern Armchairs
Leather, Walnut
Sculptural pair of Edward Wormley chairs for Dunbar. Walnut frames have been newly refinished in deep chocolate and vintage grey leather is in excellent condition. Great shape and co...
Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Arm Lounge Chair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut
Single midcentury lounge or occasional chair by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar for Modern line, circa 1950s. Model no. 4708. Reupholstered in the 1990s, foam is Fine upholstery should ...
Pair of Early 1940s Edward J. Wormley Armchairs...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mahogany
Pair of early 1940s Edward J. Wormley Elegant neoclassical style occasional arm chairs for Dunbar model No. 116B. As shown in The Other Face of Modernism book on Wormley an in the 19...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Rare Set of Four Arm...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Rare set of four chairs, Edward Wormley for Dunbar The four original to set USA, 1950s Measures: 23 x 23 x 29 in.  17" seat / 24" arm Walnut, upholstered seat and back...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs with Origin...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
These sturdy and versatile Edward Wormley-designed armchairs reflect Dunbar's signature high-quality construction. The mahogany frames have been professionally refinished, so the cha...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Horseshoe Armchair, c...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Upholstery, Mahogany, Rosewood
1950s mahogany and rosewood horseshoe armchair. Sculptural back and arms taper to a seat that holds a newly upholstered chocolate-brown velvet cushion. See this item in our Brookly...
Set of Eight Edward Wormley for Dunbar Dining A...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model number 842, set of eight armchairs in mahogany with red velvet seats. All original, minor touch up prior to shipping. These chairs were used around a ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Pair of Armchairs, M...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Berne, Indiana. Pair of armchairs model No. 5480 , designed mid-1950s and constructed of laminated ash, caned backrest, brass detailing and newly upholster...
Houndstooth Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley for ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric
Houndstooth lounge chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1970. Original black and white houndstooth check fabric. Slight wear to one corner, otherwise very good. Measures: 30....
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Single Dining or Desk...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
Edward Wormley for Dunbar single dining or desk chair with original fabric (Larson?) and finish. Very nice original condition. Measures: Arm height is 26".
Rare and Elegant Edward Wormley for Dunbar Loun...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mahogany
Edward Wormley for Dunbar lounge chair. Model number 6309, part of the Today and Tomorrow collection, circa 1963. Beautiful channelled mahogany frame with ultra-suede seat and back c...
Edward Wormley Open Frame Sculpted Armchairs fo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
Open frame lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Mahogany frames with rosewood finish and cream color new upholstery, nice condition solid and sturdy.
Dunbar’s High Back "Mr." Lounge Chair by Edward...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Felt, Mahogany
A “Mr.” chair from one of Edward Wormley his-and-hers chair pairings for Dunbar, this example has in soft brown wool felt has a high back, sloped sides and arms, and sits on four thi...
Edward Wormley Executive Chair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Leather, Walnut
Wormley for Dunbar, high-back desk chair, model 932 diamond tufted button leather with scroll arms and back, tilt swivel, adjustable height, on solid walnut base with casters. Big D...
Dunbar "Captain Armchairs" by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Mohair, Cane, Walnut
Pair of Y-back walnut frame "Captain Chairs" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Restored and reupholstered in charcoal mohair.
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs in ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Mahogany, Brass
Exquisite and uncommon Dunbar armchairs composed of mahogany frames, brass accents and covered in a light blue corduroy (a tightly woven corduroy whose wales / ribs are close togethe...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs in Grey Velvet
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Antique Mid-17th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Velvet, Walnut
Set of rare armchairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Newly upholstered in grey plush velvet. Walnut frames fully restored.
Pair of Armchairs Edward Wormley "Janus" Collec...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Superb vintage design from Edward Wormley for Dunbar, model 5706. These chairs were included in the "Janus" collection, regarded as Dunbar's most important mid-century grouping 1957-...
Pair of Dunbar Occasional Chairs
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Armchairs
Rosewood, Walnut
Incredible Edward Wormley design from the celebrated Janus Collection. This modern take on the Arts and Crafts movement employs an unprecedented level of hand finishing, complicated ...
Rare Edward Wormley Mahogany Brass and Upholste...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany brass and upholstered armchair, circa late 1950s. The beauty of this chair is the original Jack Lenor Larsen fabric. The mahogany frame has be...
Pair of "A Chair" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Leather
Rare "A Chairs" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar chair model 5481. Restored frames with vintage, yet newer cream leather.
Dunbar Open Frame Lounge or Armchair, circa 1960
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Mahogany
Dunbar open frame lounge or armchair, circa 1960. Newly restored with new upholstery and ebonized mahogany frame. Bears makers label on underside. Measures: H 29.5 in. x W 25.5 in...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Y-Back Captain Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Linen, Walnut
Exquisite and rare pair of armchairs labeled "Y-Back Captains Chairs" designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Original caning and walnut frames have been fully restored. Newly upho...
Pair of Edward Wormley Janus Collection Lounge ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Linen, Walnut
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus collection armchairs. Carved walnut arms and legs with exposed frame. Raspberry red linen upholstery with a button tufted back with curved and...
Mahogany Armchair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mahogany
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...
Pair of Edward Wormley Walnut Open-Arm Lounge C...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Walnut
Two architectural open arm lounge chairs in walnut by Dunbar, with green and blue horizontal stripe upholstery.
Pair of Dunbar 'Janus' Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Dark stain mahogany frame with tufted upholstery seats, shows all the subtle details in wood carving and upholstery for which Dunbar is renowned. From the 1957 Janus line designed by...
1940's black lacquered wooden Set of Ten Edward...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Wood, Upholstery
Set of Ten Edward Wormley Chairs for Dunbar, USA, 1947. Elegant black Edward Wormley 'Riemerschmid' chairs in lacquered wood and curved armrests. The chairs are recently new upholst...
Edward Wormley Pair of Riemerschmid Armchairs b...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
Wormley's Riemerschmid chair is a study in subtle beauty. This pair has been beautifully restored, the mahogany frames have been refinished and the seats upholstered in ivory linen.
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid-Century M...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Leather
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar dining chairs in dark mahogany with original leather upholstery.
Pair of Edward Wormley for "Dunbar" Leather Arm...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Modern Armchairs
Leather, Bentwood
Sculptural pair of Edward Wormley chairs for Dunbar. Walnut frames have been newly refinished in deep chocolate and have new white leather upholstery. Both chairs have metal Dunbar p...
A-Frame Armchair by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Mahogany
A horseshoe back armchair with white leather upholstery and ebonized mahogany frame.
'A' Frame Armchairs by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
An armchair with an ebonized mahogany "A frame" and the original mustard upholstered seat and back.
Teak Dining Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Teak
A sculptural and finely detailed armchair in teak having a floating seat and back cushions, retaining the original black leather upholstery.
Pair of Rare Armchairs by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
A pair of upholstered armchairs fluted with dark fluted mahogany legs and "tusk" arm supports.
Rare Janus Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Mahogany
A rare Janus chair having sculptural cantilevered arms and finely shaped legs in ebonized mahogany with natural leather upholstery.
Pair of Janus High Back Chairs by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Walnut, Upholstery
A pair of 'Janus' high back chairs with the original blue silk faille upholstery, on light walnut legs with cloud lift stretchers.

Armchair by Edward Wormley

By Dunbar Furniture
Armchair by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Walnut, Upholstery
A sculptural and finely detailed armchair in walnut having a floating seat and back cushions that retain their original textured wool upholstery.
Swiveling Barrel Back Chairs by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Leather, Walnut
A set of four (4) continuous arm swivel chairs in laminated walnut having tan button tufted leather cushions and a cruciform stretcher detail.
Set of Six Cane Back Dining Chairs by Edward Wo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
An elegant and unusual set of six dining chairs with a cane wrapped barrel back and an upholstered seat atop four slender legs.
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