Edward Wormley Credenzas

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.

Dunbar Sideboard by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Sideboard by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Grasscloth, Mahogany
Sideboard designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Original finish dark espresso case with grasscloth doors.
Dunbar Dresser by Edward Wormley with Brass and Rosewood Pulls
Dunbar Dresser by Edward Wormley with Brass and...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Rosewood
Dunbar double chest of drawers sideboard by Edward Wormely. Fully restored espresso tone case with brass and rosewood pulls.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza signed, US, 1960s
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza signed, US, ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Aluminum, Wood
Elegant design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Company, Berne Indiana. Perfectly refinished case with two top drawers and sliding woven front doors on metal legs. Fitted inter...
Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Maple, Walnut, Bronze, Pine
Beautiful Japanese-inspired sideboard or credenza designed by Edward Wormley, manufactured by Dunbar. Walnut cabinet features four sliding Japanese pine doors. Interior with two shel...
Dunbar Woven Front Credenza by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Woven Front Credenza by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany
Large four-door sideboard designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model #5668. Original walnut finish on mahogany. Brass details on doors. Four sliding doors.
Modern Monumental Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tambour Door Mister Chest Credenza
Modern Monumental Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tam...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Unique Mid-Century Modern tambour door credenza "Mister" chest designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Features eight drawers and six pull-out trays with cabinet space below.
Dunbar Woven-Front Credenza by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Woven-Front Credenza by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Mahogany, Nickel
Mahogany woven front sideboard with nickel accent rods. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany and Walnut Sideboard Credenza
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany and Walnut S...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany, Walnut
Mid-Century Modern, two-tone, sideboard or credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar features an ebonized mahogany surround with walnut doors and brass handles and accents on the lattice...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Server
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Server
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Sideboards
Wood
Handsome Edward Wormley for Dunbar server with two drawers and an adjustable shelf...
Mid Century Modern Credenza With Tamboor Doors by Edward Wormley for Widdicomb
Mid Century Modern Credenza With Tamboor Doors ...
Edward Wormley, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Leather, Maple
Elegantly designed two-piece credenza by Edward Wormley. Top cabinet has woven leather paneled doors, separated by two adjustable shelves. Lower cabinet features rippled wood tambour...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Sideboard Credenza
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Sideboard Cred...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Walnut
Offering an exceptional sideboard credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The unique statement piece features a great two-toned design with an ebonized case and walnut drawer and cabi...
Edward Wormley Woven Front Credenza
Edward Wormley Woven Front Credenza
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Metal
Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model 5324 Credenza with two toned woven front doors. Features three top drawers with three sliding doors that conceal ten drawers and two adjustable shelves.
Edward Wormley Custom Grey Stained Credenza
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mahogany
Mid-Century mahogany credenza in a custom taupe/grey/brown stain with a semi-gloss finish. Five drawers are located in the center; the top two being lined in brown felt are flanked b...
Pair of Edward Wormley Cabinets
Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mahogany
Two Edward Wormley cabinets with corrugated wood sliding doors and center drawer section in a grey brown finish Each cabinet is 20" deep by 49" wide by 31.25 high.
Dunbar Rosewood Woven Front Sideboard by Edward...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Rosewood
Three-door credenza designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model #5668. Espresso tone mahogany case with brass details on doors and legs. Three woven bleached rosewood sliding doors....
Dunbar Walnut and Cane Credenza by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Credenzas
Brass, Cane, Walnut
Edward Wormley for Dunbar walnut and cane sideboard on recessed plinth base. Gullwing style side doors open to reveal three storage compartments for each door. Centre figured walnut ...
Modular Six-Piece Credenza by Edward Wormley fo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Walnut
Very rare and unusual piece by Edward Wormley. This modular credenza in walnut can be put together in a host of different configurations. Detailed with large Moorish style solid bras...
Walnut and Brass Sideboard by Edward Wormley fo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Walnut
Beautiful sideboard designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in 1945, model 4579. The center compartment features an adjustable glass shelf and a removable glass-bottom tray.
Edward Wormley Dunbar Woven Front Credenza
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Walnut
Edward Wormley Dunbar woven front credenza.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Woven Front Sideboard...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Walnut
A rare and outstanding Mid-Century Modern woven front sideboard or credenza designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture. This exceptional piece features an ebonized walnut case a...
Dunbar Sideboard by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Walnut
Large four-door credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Original walnut finish in excellent condition.
Edward Wormley Credenza for Dunbar, 1950s
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Walnut
A stunning four door and four drawer woven front cabinet or credenza with brass accents designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Rare Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Wood, Mahogany
Rare Dunbar cabinet, model 5464, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. It is a versatile size and can be used as a credenza, cabinet, bar, or media cabinet in a living ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sideboard or Credenza
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Wood
Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in 1945, this exquisite sideboard, model 4579, appeared in the 1997 exhibition "The Other Face of Modernism" in NYC. The center compartment feat...
Edward Wormley Dresser for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Leather, Walnut
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.
Edward Wormley Asian Credenza for Dunbar Modern...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Walnut
A gorgeous Edward Wormley Asian walnut credenza for Dunbar Modern, model #4579. Multiple drawers, including divided utensil drawers and pull out glass serving tray. The credenza is a...
Sideboard Credenza for Dunbar by Edward Wormley...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Grasscloth, Walnut, Fir
Sideboard credenza for Dunbar designed by Edward Wormley Mid-Century Modern grass front 671-A. Japanese-inspired in walnut with grass-covered sliding doors opening to pull-out and pa...
Edward Wormley Chest Designed for Dunbar with S...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Walnut
Edward Wormley designed this credenza for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Unique to his design, the sliding accordion front doors can work from the middle, inside out, or from the outside in. A...
Rare Woven Front Credenza by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Walnut
A rare woven front credenza with walnut strips interlacing unique rectangular rods. Four (4) drawers with brass pulls over four sliding doors with interior drawers and shelves.
Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mahogany
A mahogany cabinet with three drawers over sliding woven-front doors with brass detailing and turned brass legs.
Elegant Woven Front Credenza by Edward Wormley ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany
Elegant woven front credenza, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, circa 1950s. It offers a voluminous amount of storage with three deep divided drawers at the top and th...
Walnut and Mahogany Sideboard by Edward Wormley...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Sideboards
A beautiful and Classic 1950s walnut and mahogany sideboard designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, with solid brass hardware in an Asian Modern style. The centre section has a pair o...
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Custom Contract ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar cabinets. Custom ordered five drawer chest with two-door cabinet on leather wrapped plinth base. Shown in slightly worn but very nice original bleac...
Edward Wormley Credenza for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Large and impressive Edward Wormley design sideboard for Dunbar Furniture co. Model #5465. In my opinion his best designed and sophisticated sideboard or credenza for Dunbar. Made fr...
Dresser by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Leather, Mahogany
Edward Wormley dresser. Dunbar, USA. Mahogany, leather. Signed with applied green rectangular metal manufacturer's label to drawer [Dunbar Berne INDIANA].
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sideboard
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Walnut
This sideboard designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar is an Early Example from the 1950s (Model 671A Berne Indiana) Walnut Rectangular top over four sliding doors. Interior fitted ...
Ed Wormley for Dunbar Credenza with Italian Tra...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Stone
Exceptional Ed Wormley designed credenza with a heavy, 1.25 inch thick vein-cut Italian polished travertine top. Original opaque espresso-colored finish, with an occasional streaked ...
Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mid-Century Modern two-tone sideboard by Dunbar. Featuring dark espresso finish frame, walnut grain an rosewood handles, accented by brass hardware. (Please confirm item location ...
Tambour Front Bar Cabinet by Edward Wormley for...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Walnut
Unusual tambour front bar by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Featuring a top shelf, a black Micarta serving surface, a drawer with lined silverware divider, three interior shelves, three ...
Woven Front Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model 5324 Credenza with two toned woven front doors and drawers, Features three top drawers with three sliding doors that conceal six drawers and two adju...
Dunbar Cabinet by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Buffets
A mahogany cabinet with walnut cantilevered top and cane sliding doors. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Mahogany Basket Weave Credenza by Edward Wormle...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American American Modern Credenzas
Mahogany, Stainless Steel
This is a rare ribbon mahogany and stainless steel basket weave front credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This piece retains its original Dunbar finish which is in excellent condi...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Elegant design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Company, Berne Indiana. Perfectly refinished mahogany case with three top drawers and sliding woven front doors on tapering poli...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Sideboard Cred...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Leather, Walnut
Sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern sideboard buffet or credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture. The sideboard features clean Minimalist lines and gorgeous walnut wood grain...
Pair of Dunbar Mahogany Cabinets Designed by Ed...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Cane, Mahogany, Oak, Rosewood
Early pair of storage cabinets by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. They would serve well as dressers or credenzas. One cabinet has cane doors and the other mahogany doors. They have a nice...
Cabinet, Buffet or Sideboard by Edward Wormley,...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Cane, Mahogany
Edward Wormley storage cabinet / credenza. Three sliding cane panels reveal drawers and adjustable shelves. Expertly refinished and restored. Excellent condition.
Buffet / Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar....
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Cane, Mahogany
Large-scale, mahogany cabinet with four cane front sliding doors that reveal drawers and storage. All solid brass hardware and legs. Top drawers with brass pulls. The center drawer...
Edward Wormley Mahogany and Rosewood Raised Edg...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Credenzas
Mahogany, Rosewood, Brass
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...
Edward Wormley Sideboard Model 671 A for Dunbar...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
An Edward Wormley designed walnut sideboard manufactured by Dunbar, model 671A, circa 1953. An exquisite Japanese inspired cabinet featuring four sliding walnut doors with two draw...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tambour Credenza with...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Teak, Walnut
Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, this innovative, inspired piece functions as both a credenza and a pop-up table, enabling it to operate in numerous settings. Comprising of tea...
Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Buffets
A bleached walnut woven front credenza designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Sliding Door...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany, Walnut
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany sideboard. Item features clean Mid-Century Modern lines, brass accents at the base, two dovetail constructed upper drawers. four sliding cabinet do...
Cabinet Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Buffets
A bleached mahogany sideboard with brass hardware and removable glass tray. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar English Oak and Rosew...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Credenzas
Oak, Rosewood
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar credenza with rosewood sled based open bottom casement. Four large file sized drawers with English oak fronts and patinated bronze pulls. Matching desk...
A Walnut Sideboard by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Walnut
A walnut server with central compartment having a removable glass-bottom serving tray & one adjustable shelf, flanked by two banks of four drawers over one long drawer all with brass...
Edward Wormely for Dunbar Woven Front Credenza
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Mahogany
An excellent Edward Wormley for Dunbar woven front credenza. Mahogany construction with brass rods. Three sliding doors revealing adjustable shelf in the middle and on one side with ...
Modern Credenza or Chest by Edward Wormley for ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mahogany
Modern Credenza or Chest, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, circa 1950's. This is a versatile piece and can be used as a credenza, bookshelf, or bar in a living area, ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza/Server
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Walnut
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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