Edward Wormley Sideboards

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 Cabinet

Edward Wormley Cabinet

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Cabinet
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Wood
Cabinet/server/buffet features eight drawers: two drawers with separators, one drawer the length of the cabinet and two doors revealing storage and holes for an adjustable shelf. Ed...
Edward Wormley Mahogany Cabinet with Tambour Doors for Dunbar, circa 1950s
Edward Wormley Mahogany Cabinet with Tambour Do...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Teak
Edward Wormley Mahogany Cabinet with Tambour Doors for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Dark Mahogany case with simulate natural rosewood on teak tambour doors and integral brass handles. Adjus...
Edward Wormley Sideboard

Edward Wormley Sideboard

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Sideboard
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Leather, Walnut
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...
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.
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 Carved Oak Bar Cabinet for Dunbar, circa 1960
Edward Wormley Carved Oak Bar Cabinet for Dunba...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Pine
Beautifully crafted credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, fabricated from pine, which could make an excellent liquor bar cabinet or even a sink pedestal cabinet for a custom bathroo...
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
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.
Woven-Front Mahogany Sideboard with Hutch by Ed...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Glass, Nickel, Mahogany
This classic mahogany cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar provides ample storage, comprising a hutch with sliding glass doors that sits on a sideboard. This lower case features thre...
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sideboard
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Walnut
Edward Wormley for Dunbar sideboard. Walnut with brass pulls. This rare piece is in impeccable original condition. Four center drawers with gullwing style doors on either side. Mid-C...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet on Hairpin Le...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Glass, Mahogany
Sliding door bar cabinet on hairpin legs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, model 4604. USA, circa 1940s-1950s. Laminated bentwood loop legs with two adjustable interior glass shelv...
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 ...
Rare Sideboard or Console Table by Edward Worml...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Walnut
Rare model 6304 console table or sideboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This beautifully designed breakfront cabinet has one long central frieze drawer flanked by two silver drawers...
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 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 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 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...
1950s Brown Mahogany Sideboard by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany
Very rare Edward Wormley sideboard comes in mahogany and a very high quality finish. Three-door credenza comes with mahogany case with brass details on doors and legs. Three woven bl...
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.
Drop Tambour Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
An innovative and uncommon drop tambour front cabinet of bleached walnut having recessed finger pulls, the cabinet with drawers, shelves and vertical storage slats.  
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...
Edward Wormley Walnut and Olive Ash Burl Tall C...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
Walnut, Brass, Glass
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...
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 ...
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 ...

Edward Wormley Cabinet

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Cabinet
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Mahogany
Cabinet, dresser or server is a variation of model 5668 and features three drawers with separators, two end doors each revealing three pull-out shelves and storage, and center door r...
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...
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...
Walnut & Japanese Fir Sideboard by Edward Worml...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Fir, Leather, Maple, Walnut
Edward Wormley designed this sideboard, model 671A, for Dunbar in 1953 with Japanese fir panels that contrast with the walnut frame. The case has two drawers on top with bronze pulls...
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...
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 Wormley Room Divider Cabinet for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Sideboards
Wood
Designer: Edward Wormley. Manufacturer: Dunbar. Period and model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Solid wood. This Edward Wormley room divider for Dunbar is in beautiful vintage con...
Walnut Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
A walnut cabinet with adjustable shelves and brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sideboard
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Very elegant sideboard with four drawers and tambour doors.
Woven-Front Sideboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Mahogany, Nickel
This mahogany sideboard has three spacious drawers above three sliding doors of mahogany veneer interwoven with nickel bars. The doors open to reveal three storage areas. The center ...
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