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Edward Wormley Console Tables

American, 1907-1995
American, 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 — chairs, sofas, tables and more — 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 vintage 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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Creator: Edward Wormley
Dunbar Console Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
This is a rare and impressive-large scale (80"long) console table model # 5294. Modernist design, leather wrapped legs, attention to detail make this a standout among Edward Wormley'...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Mahogany, Walnut

American Walnut Ed Wormley for Dunbar Double Pedestal Desk w/ Folding Return
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rockaway, NJ
American walnut Ed Wormley for Dunbar double pedestal desk w/ folding return. Uniquer folding return desk feature, nice architectural design back, beautiful amber honey tone finish.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Interlocking Tables
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A rare set of nesting tables designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This set can be arranged together or separately in multiple configurations. On display in our Los Angeles Arts D...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Formica, Ash

Edward Wormley Shell Console Table by Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Highland, IN
An exuberant and dramatic console table by Edward Wormley with a shell motif base.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Mahogany

Early Edward Wormley Dunbar Long Oriental Cork Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Early Edward Wormley Dunbar long oriental cork coffee table. Early green rectangular label attached. This version of this table is rarer in the longer length. Measures: 62" x 14.7...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Cork

Architectural Walnut and Black Laminate Console by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in East Hampton, NY
Architectural table No. 5403 in walnut with black laminate top and shelves designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Laminate, Walnut

Early Elegant Custom Edward Wormley Low Console or Coffee /Side Table for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
An elegant custom Wormley low console / coffee side table with 9 x 9 travertine marble tile insets to form one long marble rectangular form.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Wood

Edward Wormley Long John Shelf for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Long John Shelf can be used as shelf or console. Walnut wood with great sapwood striped details.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Walnut

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 Console Tables

Materials

Walnut

Dunbar Console or Sofa Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A mahogany and walnut console table with rosewood pulls. The table features book holders on either side and three drawers. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

Clean Lined Console Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean lined console table, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, circa 1960s. This table is a versatile size and can be used as a console or sofa table, or as a desk, bar,...
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Mahogany, Walnut

Tambour Door Console by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A rare curved front console in rich grained rosewood with a single drawer and slatted tambour storage.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Mahogany

Early Elegant Custom Edward Wormley Console for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
An elegant Wormley console with 9 x 9 travertine marble tile insets to form one long marble rectangular form. Most likely a custom form. This console bares the early green Dunbar label.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Wood

Granite and Wood Console, At. to E. J. Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Brussels, BE
Granite and wood console - At. to E. J. Wormley.
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Granite

Asymmetrical Coffee Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A low console or table with a spare mahogany frame that supports an asymmetrical top with brass capped feet.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

Materials

Brass

Triangular Table by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A geometrically pure and finely detailed two-tiered table in bleached walnut of triangular form with distinctive beveled edging at a 45 degree angle.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Bleached Mahogany Reeded Curule Leg Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
An uncommon and early Edward Wormley design for Dunbar, this reeded Curule leg end table has a three-sided gallery framed top, three part stretcher connecting to the medallions at th...
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1940s American Vintage Edward Wormley Console Tables

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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Desk
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Edward Wormley console tables for sale on 1stDibs

The Edward Wormley console tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Edward Wormley console tables, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 19 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original Edward Wormley console tables were created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. Many customers also consider console tables by Dunbar, Milo Baughman and Paul Evans if you want to add additional options. Prices for Edward Wormley console tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $2,700 and tops out at $28,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,900 on average..

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