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Edward Wormley Stools

Edward Wormley (USA, 1907–95)
Edward Wormley (USA, 1907–95)

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 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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Edward Wormley Large Ottoman for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley large ottoman for Dunbar, model 6616 beveled corners reupholstered in great plains mohair.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Upholstery

Edward J. Wormley "Thebes" Red Leather Stools for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of red leather “Thebes” stools designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United States circa 1950’s. Its comfortable and stylish cushions are reupholstered in high quali...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Leather, Wood

Edward Wormley Brass Bench
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar tubular brass bench model 5429 Reupholstered with great plains nubby cotton-poly. Tufted buttons and label on underside.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Brass

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Sheaf of Wheat" Stools
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Pair oak and brass rarely seen "Sheaf of Wheat" stools from the 1950s, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Stools have been newly upholstered in Spinneybeck leather.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Brass

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. Bleached mahogany frames with leather upholstery.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Leather

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Heart Stool Early Green Metal Tag
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Westport, CT
Edward Wormley for Dunbar green metal tag, heart tool with splayed legs in very fine condition. Edward J Wormley A leading American furniture designer for over four decades, Edwar...
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Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Stools

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Cherry, Walnut

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 Stools

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Velvet

Early Edward Wormley for Dunbar Swivel Vanity Stool
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Early Edward Wormley for Dunbar swivel vanity stool. A fine example of this form. All original with early Dunbar tag attached. Finish to the legs show some wear to original finish. M...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Stools

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Wood

Mahogany Occasional Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Hudson, NY
Wonderful ribbon mahogany top has jewel-like iridescence. Solid-brass casters. Small brass knobs to tie down an upholstered cushion, for use as an ottoman/stool. Early Dunbar brass l...
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1940s American Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Mahogany

1940s Edward Wormley for Dunbar Regency X Form Bench or Stool
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early design for Dunbar, mahogany bench or vanity stool. X form base with neoclassical styling, and original black leather seat. Mahogany frame will be refinished prior to shipping, ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Leather, Mahogany

Sheaf of Wheat Stool by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Boston, MA
Edward Wormley designed his walnut and brass Sheaf of Wheat stool for Dunbar in the 1950s. It has been newly upholstered in a contrasting creamy leather. Metal Dunbar label at base.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Brass

Pair of Large Edward Wormley Ottomans or Stools for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
A large pair of ottomans or stools or benches for Dunbar's Janus collection with two-tier tufted cushions resting on rectangular walnut frames with subtly faceted, slightly flared le...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Wood

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut "Thebes" Ottomans
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Neutral Thebes stools from the 1950s. Featuring the Classic X-base support and frame in original condition with original tufted creamy woven woolen ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Pair of American Modern Oversized Dark Walnut Benches/ Ottomans
By Edward Wormley
Located in Miami, FL
This pair is the rare oversized ottomans that wormley produced small numbers.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

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 Stools

Materials

Walnut

Dunbar Stainless Steel Stool by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Polished stainless steel frame bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Stainless Steel

Dunbar X-Base Stools by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of “Thebes” stools by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored. Based refinished in walnut tone over mahogany. New foam cushion reupholstered in Carlucci Italian upholstery.   
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

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 Stools

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.
Category

1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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 Stools

Materials

Mahogany

Pair of 1950s Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Thebes" Stools, Original Upholstery
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Geneva, IL
A pair of square upholstered benches each with a buttoned seat supported by walnut legs with button feet and X-stretchers. Model no. 5002. By Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, cir...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Walnut

Modern Small Vanity / Boudoir Stool Bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Houston, TX
Rare modern small vanity boudoir stool bench designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in original upholstery.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Fabric, Wood

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 Stools

Two Pairs of Solid Mahogany Stools by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
We are offering two pairs of Dunbar stools with vinyl tops and mahogany bases. They would work well as footstools for your sofa or favorite chair. There is a rectangular Dunbar label...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Sculptural X Base Stool by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural X base stool or Ottoman, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. It has been refinished in an ultra-deep brown lacquer with a velvety blue upholstery.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Edward Wormley Thebes Stools
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Edward Wormley stools model #5002. Manufactured by Dunbar. Original olive green leather.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Angled Ottoman
By Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An Edward Wormley fro Dunbar angled ottoman #5701 in original black leather. Ash frame.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Edward Wormley Benches, Model #5428
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare pair of upholstered benches from the Hemisphere collection. the benches retain their original Dorothy Liebes' hand-loomed fabric. Dunbar Label below.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Brass

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Revolving Stool by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An uncommon and elegant circular swivel-seat ottoman finely upholstered in leather on a lacquered base with splayed and tapered legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Leather, Wood

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Foot Stools/Benches with Upholstered Top
By Edward Wormley
Located in Stamford, CT
Edward Wormley for Dunbar pair of foot stools/ benches. Walnut with upholstered in Rogers & Gofigon fabric, circa 1955.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Materials

Upholstery

Foot Stool or Ottoman by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Edward Wormley stool. Mahogany frame with tapered X-cross stretchers. Probably reupholstered in the mustard / green / orange concentric square patterned fabric in the 1970s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Pair of Edward Wormley Benches
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Edward Wormley Benches model#286 manufactured by Dunbar furniture. Mahaogany and brass accented bases recovered in in vintage alexander girard striped fabric.
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Brass

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H 14.5 in. W 33 in. D 18 in.
Bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A sculpted mahogany based bench with leather upholstery. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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  • Bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
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H 16 in. W 48 in. D 16.5 in.
Leather Swivel Stool by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A swiveling vanity or desk chair in original salmon colored leather. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

Sculptural Pair of X Base Ottomans by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural Pair of X Base Ottomans, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950's. They have been refinished in an ultra-deep brown lacquer with ivory color textured linen upho...
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Pair of Dunbar Benches
By Edward Wormley
Located in Miami, FL
A classic pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar stools.
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Upholstery

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Dunbar "Sheaf of Wheat" Stool by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
"Sheaf of Wheat" stool designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. New white leather upholstery.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Stool by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
This elegant stool was designed by Edward Wormley for the Dunbar Furniture Company, circa 1960. Wormley, celebrated for the refined materiality and meticulous craftsmanship of his de...
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Dunbar X-Base Stools by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
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1950s Saint Pierre and Miquelon Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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H 17 in. W 23 in. D 23 in.
Dunbar Swiveling Vanity Stool by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A swiveling vanity stool with mahogany legs and Mohair upholstery. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Stools

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Mohair