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Edward Wormley Chairs

American, 1907-1995
American, 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 — chairs, sofas, tables and more — 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 vintage items on 1stDibs 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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Creator: Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 4827 Slipper Lounge Chair Freshly Upholstered
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Hudson, NY
Model 4827 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Striking lounge chair. This piece is amongst Wormley's most collectable pieces. Freshly reupholsted in a stunning high grade grey ve...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Slipper Chair
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
A pair of 1950s Edward Wormley for Dunbar slipper chairs. Featuring a sculptural mahogany wood frame and original upholstery.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Chair for Dunbar Model 2424B
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Sleekly sculptural chair with a radically slender, curved seat back designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar Furniture, c. 1940. An early modernist design by Wormley, in an ...
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1940s American Organic Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Fabric, Mahogany

Pair of Edward Wormley Mahogany and Grey Wool Barrel Back Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar barrel back arm chairs in mahogany and blue/gray wool upholstery. Great understated design that reveals unique qualities, would make great desk chairs as we...
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Mahogany

Excellent Set of 8 Dunbar Dining Chairs designed by Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Wonderful set of 8 dining chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This set included two arm chairs and six side chairs, the mohair fabric shows minor wear, the wood frames are ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Set of Four Edward Wormley A-Frame Armchairs for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The "A-Frame" armchairs with tapered legs and brass capped feet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, USA, c.1960s. The seat cushions have previously been reupholstered with a striped wool f...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Brass

Edward Wormley Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An oversized, comfortable lounge chair and ottoman. Manufactured by Dunbar.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Unusual chair in leather and walnut by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fantastic walnut base with detailing consistent with his “Janus” line. Leather appears original and presents excepti...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Leather

Edward Wormley Pair of Armchairs in Green Fabric
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, set of 2 armchairs, beech and velvet, United States, 1960s This pair of Mid-Century Modern armchair were designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This stu...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Velvet, Beech

Set of Armchairs in Wool Bouclé by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Stamford, CT
A set of armchairs designed by Edward Wormley and manufactured by Drexel, circa 1960s. Completely restored and refinished in espresso. Newly upholstered in a fantastic wool bouclé by...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Bouclé, Walnut

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 Chairs

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain's "Y" Chair, ca. 1955
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain's "Y" chair, ca. 1955. Professionally restored walnut frame with new back caning and new upholstered seat in Old World Weavers Ivory Boucle. Classic...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Brass

Set of Four Edward Wormley for Dunbar Horned Dining Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Iconic and rare set of four horned antler chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Known as 5580 model dining chairs crafted from mahogany with a caned seat. Arguably these are ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Mahogany, Cane

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Lounge Chairs, a Pair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century lounge chairs - a pair Each chair measures: 26.5 wide x 30.5 deep x 30 high, with a seat height of 17.5 inches and arm height of 23.25 inches...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Set of 6 Dunbar Dining Chairs Designed by Wormley, Circa 1950's
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Rare set of dining chairs, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1940/1950's. The chairs feature mahogany frames, caned backs and three come with original leather seat pad. Th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Leather, Cane, Mahogany

Pair of Edward Wormley "Alexandria" Chairs for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Pair of sinuous “Alexandria” chairs in mahogany designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar Furniture circa 1961. One of Wormley’s signature designs. Refinished and with new si...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Silk, Mahogany

Set of Eight Caned Back Dunbar Dining Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic set of eight (8) Dunbar dining chairs designed by Edward Wormley and made by Dunbar ca' 1950's. Large scale with generous seats, klismos style legs and caned backs these ch...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Slipper Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Collection
By Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Stylish and elegant slipper chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar ca' 1950's. Upholstered in Fret custom Italian silk velvet, luxurious to the touch, (samples available). Chocolate bra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Mahogany

Pair of Dunbar Chairs in Black Leather
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of Dunbar chairs in mahogany and black leather, designed by Edward Wormley, circa 1966. Professionally refinished in a very dark, almost ebony finish. Original black leather in ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

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

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Mahogany

'A-Frame' Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Classic 'A-Frame' armchair with a woven caned backrest, upholstered black leather seat and brass capped feet. Designed by Edward Wormley, produced by Dunbar in t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Brass

1950s Tufted Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An armless button tufted lounge chair of generous proportion having exposed walnut base. Model: 5000.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pull-Up Lounge Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar pull-up lounge chairs. Model 971 Jansus line collection. Wormley's Boutique line. Original chocolate brown leather with solid walnut legs. [Dunbar...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Leather

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Lounge Chair with Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century lounge chair with Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric This chair measures: 24 wide x 30.5 deep x 30.75 high, with a seat height of 16 and arm height/cha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Wood

Edward Wormley Rocking Chaise Lounge for Dunbar, circa 1955
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Edward Wormley rocking chaise lounge for Dunbar, circa 1955. Professionally restored and upholstered in Maharam Mohair.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

Materials

Mohair, Cane, Oak

Four Janus Chairs Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Original Jack Lenor Larsen Fabric
By Jack Lenor Larsen, Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare set of four Janus chairs, two armchairs and two armless chairs, in the original and amazing Jack Lenor Larsen orange patterned fabric. Condition overall is excellent. The foam i...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Mahogany, Upholstery

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Slipper Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
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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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

4 Edward Wormley Dunbar Mid Century Modern Mahogany Dining Game Chairs Leather
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dayton, OH
"A rare set of 4 Edward Wormley for Dunbar dining or game chairs, circa 1950s.. Made from mahogany with cane back and burnt orange leather seats. Marked along underside. Provenanc...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Dining Chairs, Set of 4
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century dining chairs - Set of 4 Each chair measures: 22 wide x 19 deep x 34 high, with a seat height of 18.5 inches and an arm height of 26 inches ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Dunbar High Back "Mr." Lounge Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A “Mr.” chair from one of Edward Wormley designs for Dunbar. The pair is upholstered in a woven fabric. Chair has a high back, sloped sides and arms, and sits on four thick legs that...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Slipper Chair circa 1950s with Original Upholstery
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Comfortable armless lounge slipper chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in beautiful plaid upholstery. A true collectors piece with no modifications and in excellent vintage condition....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Slipper Chairs for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of slipper chairs with tufted seat and back by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Chairs have been upholstered in a Jack Lenor Larsen velvet and frames are mahogany.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Mahogany

Caned and Ebonized Arm Chair Designed by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Stamford, CT
A sharp looking ebonized chair with caned side panels designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s American Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Slipper Lounge Chairs for Dunbar, circa 1955
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Edward Wormley slipper lounge chairs for Dunbar, circa 1955. This pair has been professionally restored.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Midcentury "Quinn" Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Model 1170, Walnut + Wool
By Gunlocke, Jens Risom, Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Decatur, GA
"Quinn" chair, Model no. 1170 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar circa 1965. Sculpted walnut arms transition seamlessly to the upholstered back creating a wonderful silhouette. Frame is so...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Wool, Upholstery, Walnut

1960s Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
With a nod to the immense popularity of Charles Eames's swivel lounge chair and ottoman, Wormley capitalized on the popularity of his own stationary, winged lounge chair and ottoman ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Leather

Edward Wormley Set of 4 Dining/Game Chairs in Walnut and Rosewood 1963 'Signed'
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Set of 4 dining/game chairs model no 935 in walnut and rosewood with upholstered seats by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1963 (original Dunbar labels on bottom). These chairs ar...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Rosewood, Walnut

Edward Wormley Tear Drop Lounge Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A wonderful matched pair of tear drop lounges model #5106. Professionally re-upholstered.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

Edward Wormley Swivel Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of swivel lounge chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar We have chosen to leave these in their original silk upholstery.  
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1940s American Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Silk, Wood

Mahogany Armchair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Mahogany

Four Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare set of four dining / game chairs from the Janus collection known as the Greene & Greene chairs for their crafted details. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Swivel Lounge Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Edward Wormley design swivel lounge chairs for Dunbar, model #5609 Refinished and reupholstered in a cotton velvet fabric.
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1960s American Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

Pair of Edward Wormley Chairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in Westport, CT
Pair Edward Wormley Dark Walnut and off white cord chairs for Drexel co,fabric in and off white ultra suede.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

4 Dunbar Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of four dining side chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, model No. 294W. Price of 4.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of Janus High Back Chairs by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pair of 'Janus' high back chairs with the original blue silk faille upholstery, on light walnut legs with cloud lift stretchers.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Walnut, Upholstery

Pair of Slipper or Lounge Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Pair of slipper or lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1950s Dunbar Furniture Model 5000-A from the Decorator Group. Tufted upholstery, piping and pillows need re upholstery ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Slipper Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Slipper chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. USA, circa 1950. Signed with brass tag. Features tufted back with piping. Original fabric is in good, usable condition. Dark brown mah...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Horned Dunbar Dining Chair
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Dunbar for Modern, Edward Wormley Antler chair Model 5580 design, bleached mahogany with cained seat and newly upholstered spinney-beck leather button tufted seat cushion. Early lab...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Leather, Cane, Mahogany

Trio of Dunbar Armchairs
By Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
Set of three Edward Wormley design armchairs for Dunbar Furniture Company. Smart and sophisticated armchairs completely refinished and newly upholstered in velvet. Sold individual...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An elegant pair of cane armchairs with original patent leather upholstery. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Mahogany

Dunbar Y Back Captian Dining Chair by Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Elegant, sophisticated and chic dining chair, designed by Wormley for Dunbar. The chair features a sculpted walnut frame, caned back and upholstered seat. This example is in good con...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

Edward Wormley "A" Chairs #5481
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant design from the master of historical modernism manufactured by Dunbar.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

Materials

Upholstery

6 Edward Wormley Dining Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of six dining chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Set includes two arm chairs model No. 295W and four side chairs model No. 294W. Original Jack Lenor Larsen Upholstery....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chairs

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley chairs for sale on 1stDibs

Edward Wormley chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Edward Wormley chairs to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 61 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original chairs of Edward Wormley were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles Eames and Dunbar. Prices for Edward Wormley chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $980 and tops out at $28,000, while pieces like these can sell for $6,800 on average.

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