Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs

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 Chairs

Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Upholstery
Wormley for Dunbar, classic pair of lounges, features; brass tapered legs, reupholstered with great plains woven wool blend.
Edward Wormley Lounge Chair in Moss Green Wool Upholstery
Edward Wormley Lounge Chair in Moss Green Wool ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Lounge Chairs
Wood, Wool
Edward Wormley for Dunbar lounge chair with unique setback front legs, and clad in moss green wool upholstery. Extremely comfortable with deep seat cushion and slight angle of the th...
Pair of Edward Wormley "Bucket Seat" Leather and Mahogany Club Chairs
Pair of Edward Wormley "Bucket Seat" Leather an...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar camel leather and mahogany armchairs. Original channeled leather seats and backs with mahogany legs and stretchers. Rare design from Wormley and Dun...
Early 1940 Edward Wormley Wing Chair for Dunbar
Early 1940 Edward Wormley Wing Chair for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Georgian Wingback Chairs
Linen, Mahogany
Uncommon wide wingback chair with an embroidered green, yellow and taupe linen upholstery. Simple clean line mahogany curved front apron and legs. A documented and very early Wormley...
Edward Wormley Lounge and Ottoman
Edward Wormley Lounge and Ottoman
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Bronze, Leather, Rosewood
Wormley for Dunbar lounge chair and ottoman. Original leather, with bronze base and inlay rosewood details. Ottoman: D: 19 W: 24 H: 16.5.
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...
Dunbar Lounge Chairs

Dunbar Lounge Chairs

By Dunbar Furniture
Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Fabric, Mahogany
Wormley for Dunbar, lounge chairs, elegant scalloped arm supports, rolled arm rests, restored and reupholstered with Great Plains fabric.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Swivel Lounge Chairs
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Swivel Lounge Chairs
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Chairs
Edward Wormley design swivel lounge chairs for Dunbar, model #5609 Refinished and reupholstered in a cotton velvet fabric.
Edward Wormley Pair of Easy Chairs by Dunbar
Edward Wormley Pair of Easy Chairs by Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
Wormley's designs are refined, tasteful, and timeless and the exceptional quality of Dunbar Furniture allows them to be enjoyed for generations. Just like this pair of easy chairs. P...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Leather High Back Lounge Chair & Ottoman Model No. 400
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Leather High Back Lou...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
Newly refinished and upholstered high back lounge chair designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Co. The leather is Edelman top grain leather in a light dove grey colorway...
Pair of Slipper Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Pair of Slipper Chairs by Edward Wormley for Du...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of slipper chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Chairs are reupholstered in a Maharam Mohair.
Pair of Dunbar Riemerschmid Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Walnut
Pair of Riemerschmid chairs, circa 1955, designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar. Newly reupholstered and refinished. Walnut. 19" seat height.
Pair of Slipper Chairs by Edward Wormley for Du...
Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
20th Century American American Modern Slipper Chairs
Velvet, Wood
“Furniture is needed for practical reasons, and because it must be there, it may as well be as pleasant as possible to look at, and in a less definable psychological way, comforting ...
Pair of Dunbar Edward Wormley Slipper Long Chairs
Edward Wormley
Early 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rare pair of Edward Wormley 5000-A slipper chairs with beautiful original dunbar fabric. The fabric is in amazing vintage condition. Mahogany frames with the famous Wormley slant bac...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Brass Leg Chairs, a Pair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Wool
An exceptional pair of chairs which retain their original green blue wool fabric. Structurally sound these chairs would benefit from an upholstery update.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cane A-Frame Lounge C...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Cane, Oak
An elegant a frame lounge chair with cane back in original cognac leather. Dimensions: Height 28" Width 27" Depth 32".
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 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 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 ...
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 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...
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.
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
Brass, Leather, Wood
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. ...
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 and Exceptional Lounge Chair by Edward Wor...
Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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...
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 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.
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 ...
Edward J. Wormley Lounge Chair and Ottoman circ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery
Edward J. Wormley lounge chair and ottoman for Dunbar circa 1950s on solid brass castors. The lounge chair has a trapezoid shape, wider in the front (27.5" W) and tapers to the back....
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 Janus Armchairs, Set ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Upholstery, Mahogany
Edward Wormley Janus Chairs for Dunbar with Casters Model 5705, Set of Four USA, 1957. Stained mahogany, upholstery, brass. Measures: 27 W x 27 D x 30.5 H inches.
Edward Wormley Tufted Club Chair in Black Leath...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Upholstery
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, lounge chair in leather, United States, 1950s. Black leather 'Party Chair' by American designer Edward Wormley. This armchair has an interesting appeara...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Rare pair of Edward Wormley designed lounge/slipper chairs for Dunbar. Frames are stained walnut. Signed with gold "Big D" Dunbar tags to underside. We can offer new upholstery on th...
Pair of Edward Wormley Swivel Lounge Chairs for...
Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs
Pair of Edward Wormley swivel lounge chairs for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley - Dunbar Slipper Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Rare pair of slipper chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model #127. Dark stained mahogany bases with sloping seats. Wide-scale and great forms.
Edward Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Upholstery, Mahogany
Sophisticated and tailored lounge chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Dark mahogany base with inset reveal just below the upholstery line. Curved back with splayed angle...
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid-Century M...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Brass, Mahogany
Elegant and sophisticated pair of open-arm lounge chairs designed by Edward Wormley and manufactured by Dunbar. These clean lined chairs are made of mahogany and rosewood with brass ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Leather and Walnut Ba...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Walnut
This model no. 5646 chair designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar furniture consists of a walnut barrel back with solid paddle arms and was recently upholstered in a buttery beige edel...
Pair of "Janus" Wing Chairs by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs
Linen, Mahogany
Pair of "Janus" wing chairs by Edward Wormley A pair of wing chairs by Edward Wormley restored in a luxurious Rogers & Goffigan Belgian linen fabric. The mahogany base has been blea...

Dunbar Tufted Chairs

By Dunbar Furniture
Dunbar Tufted Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
Wormley for Dunbar, biscuit-tufted lounge chairs model #5407 Reupholstered with spinneybeck leather, retied springs, new foam. Tapered solid mahogany legs.
Dunbar 5700a Lounge Chair by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Sculptural form lounge chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Restored and reupholstered. Dunbar espresso tone frame with cane back. New blue velvet upholstery.
Pair of Lounge Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Pair of lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored. Legs have been refinished in an espresso tone. New light grey mohair with new feathers and foam cushions. Dunbar m...
Pair of Petite Lounge Chairs by Edward Wormley ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
A pair of lounge chairs, upholstered in a heather midnight blue fabric, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The fully restored pair have a cubic design, with a slightly angled bac...
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....
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...
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 "Heart Chair" Wingback for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mahogany, Mohair
Very rare design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Oversized proportions. Fully restored and reupholstered in charcoal mohair.
Chaise Lounge by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rocking chaise with a 3 position backrest. Dunbar USA, 1950s ash, brass, cane, upholstery 63 w × 19½ d × 33½ h in (160 × 50 × 85 cm) Wormley ...
Edward J. Wormley Tufted Lounge Chair for Dunbar
Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Leather, Wood
Mid-Century Modern lounge chair designed by American furniture designer, Edward J. Wormley, for Dunbar in the United States circa 1950’s. This classic lounge chair is reupholstered i...
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.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chair with Bla...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Wood
Rare Wormley form in excellent original black leather upholstery and finish.
Early Pair of Dunbar Swivel Chairs by Edward Wo...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s Swivel Chairs
An early pair of Dunbar swivel chairs designed by Edward Wormley. Fully restored in Holly Hunt leather with walnut bases.
Edward Wormley Ebony Finished Slipper Chairs fo...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
A pair of dark ebony finished slipper chairs with rich sapphire blue velvet upholstered cushions with rolled edges to accent the roll of the legs. Manufactured by Drexel and designed...
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...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs in Jack...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric
Elegant pair of club chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. These lounge armchairs feature a simplistic design with gentle sloping arms and block wood feet. The stylish arm chairs have...
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