Edward Wormley Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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.

Coffee Table with Faceted Olive Burl Pedestal Base by Edward Wormley
Coffee Table with Faceted Olive Burl Pedestal B...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Coffee table No. 6302G with faceted olive burl pedestal base and thick glass top by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1963 (Dunbar metal tag on base).
Dunbar Coffee Table with Tiffany Tiles by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Coffee Table with Tiffany Tiles by Edwar...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A beautiful and rare walnut Wormley coffee table with inset Tiffany favrile tiles. From Dunbar's most desired Janus line. Signed with manufactures label. In excellent restored condit...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Burl Cocktail Table
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Burl Cocktail ...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A very expressive Carpathian elm burl top cocktail table with solid brass capped feet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Retains Dunbar label.
Dunbar A1012 Plateau Cocktail Table, by Edward Wormley
Dunbar A1012 Plateau Cocktail Table, by Edward ...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Wood
Edward Wormley A1012 Plateau cocktail table, manufactured for Dunbar. Two tone wood top, lower shelf and brass stretchers. Brass Dunbar plaque.   
Edward Wormley, Pentagonal Coffee Table
Edward Wormley, Pentagonal Coffee Table
Edward Wormley, Tiffany Studios
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Mahogany
Edward Wormley, pentagonal coffee table A pentagonal coffee table of mahogany (model 5625T) by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Features a star burst of Tiffany Studios Favrile glass tile...
Vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar Ash & Black Laminate Low Table, c1955
Vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar Ash & Black L...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Serving Tables
Laminate, Ash
Geometrically conceived low table with solid ash construction and black laminate top, Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1955.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sheaf of Wheat Cocktail Table
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sheaf of Wheat Cockta...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Walnut
A stunning sheaf of wheat cocktail or occasional table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The table features a gorgeous walnut base, with brass accent, and a round glass top. The...
Early Dunbar Cocktail Table

Early Dunbar Cocktail Table

By Dunbar Furniture
Early Dunbar Cocktail Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
An early example of Edward Wormley's transition to modern furniture design. Mahogany frame with inset leather top. Dunbar brand to underside.
Large Edward Wormley for Dunbar Round Coffee Table with Walnut Roman Travertine
Large Edward Wormley for Dunbar Round Coffee Ta...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Travertine
Beautiful large Edward Wormley for Dunbar Asian influenced round coffee table. Original walnut Roman travertine top that is marked made in Italy. Mahogany base has been refinished to...
Dunbar Architectural Interlocking Tables, Model...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Set of interlocking tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1954. Set is composed of coffee table, model 5402 measuring: 86 W x 15.5 D x 15 H inches and end table, model 5403 meas...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Expandable Coffee Table
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Lacquer
Edward Wormley coffee table with pull-out extensions (expands 12" on each end). Lacquered in hunter green, hand rubbed finish. Extended is 67-7/8.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cocktail Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Walnut
Edward Wormley walnut table in dark brown finish with Carpathian elm top and brass sabots, label, model number 6007.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1950s "Long John" Be...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1950s. A vintage Long John bench in fine condition, dark sapped walnut. Single sliding drawer.
Early Dunbar Mahogany Coffee Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Simple early modern design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar distinguishes itself my its great proportions, chunky geometric shape, and wonderful dappled mahogany veneer. Original finish ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Upholstered Bench
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
A Classic bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Half of the top is upholstered and other half is raised mahogany with brass spacers. Dunbar label.
Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Coffee table in mahogany with curved edge design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1940s (retains early metal Dunbar tag on bottom).

Dunbar Nesting Tables

By Dunbar Furniture
Dunbar Nesting Tables
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Nesting Tables and Stacking Ta...
Mahogany, Walnut
Wormley for Dunbar set of five nesting tables, model, 4785 Mahogany frames with scalloped designed apron with solid walnut top. Gold metal Dunbar label on underside. Measures: 12"...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Long John Bench or Co...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, beautiful sap walnut long John bench or coffee table on bentwood legs. Original oiled finish, retains brass Dunbar tag. Very nice original condition, few m...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Long-John Bench
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Twill, Walnut
Bench or coffee table dubbed the "Long John" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Walnut frame fully restored, new removable cushion fitted to frame with button detail in grey twill.     
Cocktail Table #427 by Edward Wormly for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rectangular table of mahogany with inset walnut panels on top. Double sided centre drawer and great detailing.
Fine Two-Tone Occasional or End Table by Dunbar...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Walnut
Dunbar, Edward Wormley, circa 1950 Walnut Measures 22" tall and is 25" square. A very fine table by Dunbar and designed by Edward Wormley, circa 1949-1952. This two-tier table is pr...
Coffee Table with Display Shelf by Edward Worml...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
A mahogany coffee table for office or home with a built-in display shelf, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The understated design has a rectangular top with a recessed well in ...
Edward Wormley Cocktail Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Triangular cocktail table #6129 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Triangular cocktail table with carpathian elm burled top and three shaped mahogany legs.
Edward J. Wormley Trapezoid Coffee Table for Du...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Wood, Walnut
Beautiful coffee table designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United States circa 1950’s. This fascinating coffee table features a walnut wood frame with intersecting stret...
Dunbar Model 313 Coffee Table or Bench by Edwar...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
A long, rectangular coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The model 313 has six square post legs that sit flush with the corners of the piece. Each leg is notched to fi...
Edward Wormley Cocktail Table with Travertine Top
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Travertine, Mahogany
Large round cocktail table with dark mahogany base and figured travertine marble top in shades of tan, brown and gray. A clean, Asian-inflected modern form designed by Edward Wormley...
Asymmetric Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Walnut
Rare asymmetric walnut cocktail table with brass sabots designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Signed with the gold Dunbar tag to the underside.  
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table, USA, 1950
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Asymmetrical Edward Wormley for Dunbar coffee table rounded beveled top on three conoid legs by a curvilinear brass stretcher, flaking to glass around.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar 'Sheaf of Wheat' Coff...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A travertine topped 'sheaf of wheat' coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. A beautiful piece in excellent original condition. Measures: 40" across x 15" tall.  
Rare Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table 56309
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Wood
This is the iconic and hard to find Dunbar model 5309 designed by Edward Wormley. From the Golden Age of Mid-Century American design, Wormleys' work from this period has helped defin...
Edward Wormley Precedent Table for Drexel
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Leather, Mahogany
Edward Wormley precedent table of Drexel in bleached mahogany. Legs are tapered up to the framed top covered in sage green leather.
Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Wa...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
This coffee table/ bench is in excellent condition. Edward Wormley for Dunbar walnut low to the ground, sturdy, heavy with bentwood legs includes a drawer. Measure: width 46" x depth...
Dunbar Janus Table by Edward Wormley with Natzl...
Edward Wormley, Gertrud and Otto Natzler
Vintage 1950s Side Tables
A walnut Janus table with inset Natzler ceramic tiles. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Model 5309 Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for D...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Model 5309 coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Mahogany and brass with glass top.
Edward Wormley Coffee Table, Murano Glass
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Murano Glass, Walnut
Table is model 5423. Reference: Dunbar: Fine Furniture of the 1950s, Leslie Pina, ppg. 98, 192-193. Markings: Dunbar plaque. Edward Wormley's furniture designs utilized quality mat...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table with Ins...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Modern Dunbar coffee table with cork top by Edward Wormley. Table has a rough wood finish with a brushed off-white painted finish. Tag on bottom.
Dunbar Tile Top Table by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A Murano glass tile top table on bleached mahogany base. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley Dunbar Burled Elm Triangular Cof...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Wood, Elm, Mahogany
Exceptionally well made cocktail table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Top is burled elm, base is solid mahogany with original brass sabots. Condition is excellent. Original metal Dunb...
Midcentury Walnut and Glass Coffee Table by Edw...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Walnut
Simple. Beautiful. The perfect Minimalist coffee table. Perfect in any space. Glass is brand new and the wood is in excellent condition.
Mid-Century Modern "Long John" Bench by Edward ...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut
Sap walnut Long John bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Mid-Century Modern. 1950s. Great as a bench or coffee table.
Edward J. Wormley Long John Bench Coffee Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Walnut, Bentwood
Mid-Century Modern “Long John” bench or coffee table designed by American furniture designer, Edward J. Wormley, for Dunbar in the United States, circa 1940s. This stunning design is...
Edward J. Wormley Coffee Table with Tile-Top fo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Walnut
Coffee table designed by American furniture designer Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United States c. 1950’s. This elegant Mid Century Modern design is comprised of laminated wal...
Trapezoid Top Wormley for Dunbar Coffee Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Sculptural trapezoid coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Mid-Century Modern Rosewood and Walnut Cocktail...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
The design of this wide side table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, in a walnut and rosewood combo, drawer with a rosewood and brass pull, a deep shelf below and bold brass ball casters...
Edward J. Wormley "Long John" Bench or Coffee T...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Walnut, Bentwood
Mid-Century Modern “Long John” bench or coffee table designed by American furniture designer, Edward J. Wormley, for Dunbar in the United States circa 1940’s. This stunning design fe...
Walnut Cube Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
A square walnut cube table which can be used as a sofa end table or a low table with the addition of glass top.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Glass and Burl Cockta...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Burl
Edward Wormley glass and burl cocktail table, retains original large "D" Dunbar label. Stunning burl wood faceted column base with original 1 inch thick polished glass top.
Edward Wormley Elliptical Rosewood Coffee Table...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal
This stunning cocktail table by Edward Wormley exemplifies his refined sensibility and fine detailing as well as the quality of Dunbar's construction. The table was custom ordered wi...
Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Wh...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Wood
For your consideration is a gorgeous, wheat sheaf, coffee table, with a glass top, by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. In excellent condition. The dimensions are 35.5" Dia x 14.5" H.  
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Low Cocktail Table
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Late 1940s Edward Wormley design for Dunbar low cocktail table. 1 inch thick glass top on a faceted walnut base. Branded DUNBAR on the inside. Model 4408.
Bowed Triangle Table by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
A triangular low table with a burled Carpathian elm top, mahogany base and brass tipped legs.
Cork Low Table by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
A long low table of Asian influence with cork top.
Low Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
An ebonized mahogany low table with a lower shelf and singe drawer on cylindrical dowel legs.
Asymmetrical Coffee Table by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
A low console or table with a spare mahogany frame that supports an asymmetrical top with brass capped feet.
Occasional Table by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Oak, Brass
An interesting and uncommon occasional table on casters having a cruciform structure intersected by two circular planes, the top of the table surfaced with leather.
Cocktail Table by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Burl, Glass
An elegant and sculptural low table having a burled faceted columnar wooden base supporting a thick round glass top.
Cork Low Table by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Cork
A simple and elegant square low table with a raised cork top on a mahogany 'Parsons' base.  
Low Table or Bench by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
A low table or bench with an ebonized walnut frame which rises slightly above the table surface and can hold a loose cushion if used as a bench.
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