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Edward Wormley Cabinets

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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High Walnut and Olive Burl Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Boston, MA
Edward Wormley designed this elegant display cabinet, model #6027, for Dunbar. The olive burl doors of the lower case enclose shelving and a segmented drawer. The ebonized walnut fra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Glass Front Bookcase, 1960s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A stunning Mid-Century Modern display cabinet or bookcase By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1960s Walnut, with glass front doors and original brass hardware. Me...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Large Oak Cabinet by Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A monumental oak credenza with three file drawers in the center. Designed by Roger Sprunger or Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1970s Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Oak

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Elm Wood Sideboard or Bar Cabinet, 1950s
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern elm wood sideboard server, credenza, or bar cabinet By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1950s Measures: 48"W x 19...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Elm

Cabinet / Hutch by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare and refined two piece cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The top portion has inset antique Chinese printing blocks with a row of Rosewood drawers underneath. The w...
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Walnut

Dunbar Woven Front Chest, Mahogany and Brushed Nickel, Signed
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Edward Wormely for Dunbar woven front chest, mahogany and brushed nickel, signed. Medium scale commode, No. 4465, with two woven front sliding doors, two top exterior drawers and a f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Nickel

Edward Wormley Dunbar Cabinet or Nightstand in Walnut Mahogany & Brass Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Dunbar small bedside cabinet or night stand Model #475 B with a satin dark espresso finish on the body and satin walnut doors and solid brass hardware. Fully restored.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley Beautiful Pedestal Cabinet in Olive Burl, 1963
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Pedestal model 6302A in natural olive burl with hinged door and interior cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1963. Comes with original D key. Original paper label on botto...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley Sideboard
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar four-door sideboard, model 671 A features sliding doors with Japanese fir panels. Leather wrapped pulls and plinth base. Curved pullout storage drawers, with adjus...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Leather, Walnut

Edward Wormley Dresser for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Dark brown finished walnut with leather plinth base. Accordion folding doors. 12 pull-out drawers on left and right side, four cubby holes, and one pull-out drawer with felt lining.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Leather, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Drexel Dresser
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Elegant dresser by Edward Wormley for Drexel's "Precedent" collection. 6 drawers with dividers in top drawers. Refinished.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Elm

Edward Wormley, Pair of Rare Dressers, Walnut, Steel, Dunbar, America, 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of rare modernist cabinets or dressers. In stained walnut, legs in steel. Designed by Edward Wormley. Produced by Dunbar, Berne, Indiana, 1950s. Other designers of the per...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Steel

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Olive Burl Cabinet
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare olive burl and walnut cabinet with solid brass knockers and sabots. Two adjustable shelves and the original D-key.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Olive

Rare Set of Floating Cabinets by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of fully restored floating cabinets in walnut designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Bi-fold doors open up to reveal two shelves, proving ample storage space for boo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Walnut, Rosewood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Console Cabinet
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A beautiful walnut and mahogany console with stone top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Walnut

Display Cabinet with Vitrine Edward Wormley Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Atlanta, GA
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Two pieces large China cabinet with illuminated enclosed center with three glass shelves and flanking four-shelf étagère. The lower part has a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

1950s Mister Cabinet in Mahogany by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A superb mahogany tamboured mister cabinet with an undulating face, expressive hairpin legs and a useful sixteen drawer configuration.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Mahogany, Bentwood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Superstructure Breakfront Cabinet or Bookcase
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional custom "superstructure" breakfront wall unit display cabinet or bookcase By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1950s Natural and stained mahogan...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Superstructure Wall Unit or Bar Cabinet, Restored
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional "superstructure" wall unit display cabinet or room divider By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1950s Concave cabinet constructed of walnut wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Superstructure Wall Unit or Room Divider, Restored
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional "superstructure" wall unit display cabinet or room divider By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1950s Concave cabinet constructed of walnut wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet with Brass Hardware, 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful sideboard cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, made of sandalwood with solid brass hardware. Cabinet has drawers on each side, center Lucite pull out shelf and on...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A bleached mahogany woven front credenza designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Mahogany

Early Pair of Louver Front Dressers by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Providence, RI
Pair of mahogany louver front dressers, designed by Edward Wormley, circa 1952. Produced by Dunbar. Professionally refinished. Each chest has a small gallery edge on three sides, and...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley Primavera Mahogany Commode
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar 5-drawer cabinet, mahogany wood with tapered brass legs. [metal tag Dunbar].
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley Cabinet for Dunbar, circa 1960
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Edward Wormley cabinet for Dunbar, circa 1960. This piece would function nicely as a server / bar. This piece has been professionally restored.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Sideboard or Cabinet in Mahogany and Walnut by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1960s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Sideboard or cabinet in mahogany and Walnut by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1960s, Asian-inspired, campaign-style modern with 8 drawers some with felt inserts. Glass tray and shelf in c...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Rare Mid-Century Modern Breakfront Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This incredible vintage modern server from the Janus collection boasts one of a kind Japanese cherry blocks. A majestic design with carved Japanese cherry blocks as the cabinet door ...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Formica, Cherry, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley two-door cabinet in ebonized silver elm with brass hardware, circa 1948. The one shown has recently sold, but have another with slightly different hardware available, ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

1950s Wall Mounted Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A wall mounted cabinet with two doors, four drawers and open shelving from the Janus collection.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Walnut

Dunbar Cabinet by Edward Wormley with Otto and Gertrude Natzler Tile Pulls
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Important storage cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Ribbon mahogany with rare Otto and Gertrude Naztler ceramic tiles integrated into the solid brass pulls. Finished bac...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Dunbar Cabinet, Mahogany and Brass, Four Doors, One Drawer, Excellent
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Storage chest or cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Expertly refinished mahogany case with solid brass hardware. Two wide center drawers reveal an adjustable shelf. Two o...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Asian Influenced Credenza or Cabinet by Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Atlanta, GA
Asian influenced credenza or cabinet by Dunbar, American, circa 1950s. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a credenza, cabinet, server, or bar in a living area, or as a...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Metal, Brass

Edward Wormley Mahogany and Rosewood Raised Edge Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany cabinet with four large drawers and a center shelved cabinet on plinth base. The pair of cabinet doors and drawers are accessed by carved solid ros...
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Brass and Walnut Super Structure Cabinet
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Houston, TX
Gorgeous "Superstructure" cabinet / display case designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This piece is comprised of walnut with brass detailing. We do have the glass shelves available.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet with Asian Hardware
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar cabinet with brass Asian hardware. All original dark had rubbed finish on ribbon mahogany, top will be polished and touched up prior t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rare Janus Cabinet in the Style of Greene & Greene
By Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rare Janus cabinet, model 5811 This Janus collection piece is highly influenced by the Greene & Greene designed Arts and Crafts period furniture. Great deta...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Cabinet / Credenza by Edward Wormley, Brass and Mahogany. Excellent Condition.
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Designed as a dining room buffet / sideboard, this Edward Wormley for Dunbar storage cabinet can be used in any part of the house. The things that make it specific to being a dining ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Dunbar Rosewood High Chest with Brass Ring Drop Pulls
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern five drawer Dunbar chest by Ed Wormley. Rosewood mahogany two-tone combination. Brass ring drop pulls.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

1940s Edward Wormley Silver Elm Dry Bar Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Miami, FL
REDUCED FROM $1,250....Part of Edward Wormley's Precedent Collection for Drexel of the late 1940s, this dry bar cabinet in silver elmwood has been beautifully restored and features i...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

Drop Tambour Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An innovative and uncommon drop tambour front cabinet of bleached walnut having recessed finger pulls, the cabinet with drawers, shelves and vertical storage slats.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Walnut

Janus Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An elegant rectilinear light walnut two-door cabinet having Chinese-influenced hardware and a rare configuration of twelve cushioned flat drawers.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Janus Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An rectilinear light walnut two-door cabinet having Chinese-influenced hardware and open and adjustable shelves, the form sitting on a plinth base.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Two-Piece Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An ebonized mahogany secretary No. 6065 with pull-out writing desk and multiple drawers/shelves on a leather-wrapped plinth base, shown with superstructure, No. 6086, to serve as a b...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Pair of Nightstands by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pair of ebonized 'French polish' mahogany nightstands with adjustable inner shelf and opposing hinges.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Cinnabar Lacquered Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A two-level cabinet having fantastic storage and scale, with a rich custom cinnabar lacquer. The lower level has bi-folding doors concealing a bank of drawers; the upper section feat...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Walnut and Olive Ash Burl Tall Cabinet for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Described in Dunbar catalogs as "#6027 High Piece" this incredible curved front cabinet is constructed of walnut with olive ash burled lower cabinet doors and a brass-clad plinth bas...
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Lift Top Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Rochester, NY
A walnut dry bar cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The cabinet with a brass hinged lift top / two-fold accordion doors / fitted interior of 1 -2 white laminate top shelves / two ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Wood

Rare Edward Wormley Dunbar Janus Chest
By Edward Wormley
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus chest #5811, circa early 1950s. This all original example has a solid dark walnut frame with large dove tail detailing and inset lighter walnut d...
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Table and Stool by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An ebonized and polished dark mahogany telephone cabinet or vanity table having a storage drawer and an innovative fold-out bench.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley Bar Cart, Model 5433, for Dunbar circa 1953
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Camden, ME
Edward Wormley serving cart for Dunbar, model 5433, dating from the early 1950s. An unusual detail of the cart is that the door face is decorated with custom ordered hand-painted sil...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Foil

Early Dunbar Metal Label Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early Dunbar metal label cabinet by Edward Wormley.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

Small Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Boston, MA
Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, this trim cabinet in walnut-stained mahogany features recessed door pulls and a leather-wrapped base. It has two adjustable shelves.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Leather, Mahogany

Three Storage Cabinets by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Completely Original.
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Storage cabinets / dressers. Original bleached mahogany finish with solid brass pulls. Very good completely original condition. All three for $6850! Tw...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Tall Tambour Cabinet with Drawers by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A simple and refined ebonized mahogany wardrobe having tambour doors with integrated handles a top two (2) drawers with cut out handles.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Mahogany

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Angle Front Nightstands
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Ferndale, MI
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar angle front nightstands.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza/Server
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Bleached Walnut credenza/server with solid brass hardware designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Top two drawers contain removable felt-lined silverware trays. Center doors open to r...
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1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets

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Brass

Walnut Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut cabinet with adjustable shelves and brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Cabinets