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Edward Wormley 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
Edward Worley for Dunbar A1012 Plateau Mid-Century Modern Cocktail Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Studio City, CA
Edward Wormley A1012 plateau cocktail table, manufactured for Dunbar. Two-tone wood top, lower shelf and brass stretchers. Brass Dunbar plaque. A fine addition to any setting, mi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Coffee Table with Marble Top
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A mahogany coffee table with figurative honed marble top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany

Walnut and Marble Sheaf of Wheat Table by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Gorgeous mid-century walnut and marble side table with brass details, designed in the 1950's by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Table is in pristine condition with no imperfections to...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Tables

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Marble

Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar Splayed Leg Drink Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Lee Sprunger for Dunbar splayed leg drink table, solid turned walnut top with edge detail with solid legs. Signed Dunbar "D" underside.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Walnut

Mosaic Tile Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s, Signed
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This spectacular deep brown walnut coffee table was designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s, and features Mid-Century Modern flared legs and golden mosaic tile inlay wrapp...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Glass, Walnut

Dunbar X-Base Table with Murano Glass Tile Top
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A rare form with solid rosewood base and Murano glass tile top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

Edward Wormley Model 5309 Brass, Walnut & Glass Coffee Table by Dunbar, USA 1955
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Edward Wormley Model 5309 brass, walnut & glass coffee table by Dunbar, USA, 1955 Magnificent Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Model 5309 walnut, brass & glass coffee table for D...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Parquetry Occasional or Side Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Round Rock, TX
Amazing folding occasional or side table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture, Circa 1960s Model 5425E features a solid Brazilian Rosewood base that holds a walnut edg...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Wood, Rosewood, Walnut

Coffee Table in Rosewood and Mahogany by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Signed
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rectangular coffee table with sculptural details designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Brazilian rosewood top with dark mahogany edges and legs. Beautiful sculptural details to the ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Model 5309 Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
Model 5309 rare coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Combination of rosewood and brass with the original glass top.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Dunbar Occassional Side Table by Edward Wormley, 1960
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Dunbar occassional side / end table by Edward Wormley, 1960.
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1960s Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Wood

Dining Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Rectangular Bleached Mahogany
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Mahogany dining table with one leaf designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1950s. The table is in very good condition with only light signs of use under close examination. Beautiful ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany

Dunbar Rosewood Coffee Table by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A large square mahogany and rosewood coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Rosewood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Two Tier Walnut Occasional Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Edward Wormley for Dunbar furniture two tier mahogany framed Walnut higher Coffee Table, Occasional Table, Nightstand. Featuring a handcrafted rectangular grained Walnut surface with...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Mahogany Expanding Dining Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century mahogany expanding dining table This table measures: 72 wide x 42 deep x 29.5 high, with a chair clearance of 26.75 inches, each leaf measure...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany

Vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Occasional Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Forney, TX
A beautiful and fine American Mid-Century custom ordered side table, model 426A, designed by Edward Wormley (American, 1907-1995) for Dunbar Furniture; Berne, Indiana. Circa 1950-196...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Trapezoid Top Wormley For Dunbar Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Original finish Dunbar trapezoid coffee table. We are also separately offering the end tables from this set if you are interested in a full original set.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

Round Dining Table in Brazilian Rosewood by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Round dining table in Brazilian rosewood designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1960s (Dunbar tag on bottom).
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Rosewood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Conference Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century conference table This table measures: 90 wide x 42 deep x 29 inches high, with a chair clearance of 29.5 inches All pieces of furniture ca...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Wood

Dunbar Surfboard Coffee Table by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
An early surfboard coffee table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Wood

Rosewood and Mahogany Receptionist Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1960
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This spectacular fully restored and sought-after model #452 'Roll Top' desk was designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar and features beautifully grained Rosewood and Ebonized Mahogany,...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Edward Wormley Coffee Table with Tiffany Tiles
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An elegant coffee table incorporating seven beautiful iridescent Tiffany Tiles.This group of furnishing was inspired by a visit by to the gamble residence designed by greene and g...
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Walnut

Dunbar Natzler Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
A rare low 1950s sculptural walnut cocktail table with inset Natzler tiles. Measures: 18" H x 30" W x 22" W x 60" L.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Ceramic, Walnut

Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lazy Susan Dining Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Belmont, MA
Lazy Susan dining table with interchangeable laminate spinning top. Warming unit in the middle of the top still functional. Great for fondue parties. Signed with branded Dunbar.
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Occasional Table with Murano Mosaic Tiles
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Occasional Table with Murano Mosaic Tiles, model 5425, Mahogany wood base, glass tiles with brass edge. Label on underside [Dunbar].
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Dining Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century dining table This table measures: 66 wide x 44 deep x 30 inches high, and each of the 2 leaves are 24 wide with a total width of the table 11...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Wood

Elusive Set 3 Nest / Stackings Tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare and stunning set of 3 nest / stacking tables designed by Edward Wormley, made by the Dunbar Furn. Corporation,, Wonderful stacked wood laminate construction, painted metal legs,...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Metal

Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1947 Cork Surfaced Mahogany Lamp Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Sharon, CT
Early and important Edward Wormley designed for Dunbar Cork Topped 'Lamp Table', Factory Number #3378. Constructed (According to the original Dunbar label) of pickled Mahogany with a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sheaf of Wheat Occasional Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar sheaf of wheat occasional table. Signed. Ebonized frame with travertine stone top. Stone in very good condition, frame recently refinished (please refer to ...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Travertine

1950s Double Pedestal Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An elegant and finely proportioned bleached walnut double pedestal desk with ample storage floating on dowel-shaped brass legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Sculptural Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Dining Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Sculptural Edward Wormley for Dunbar walnut dining table circa late 1950s. This example has a beautifully grained walnut top and stunning solid walnut base. This table can accommodat...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

Early Elegant Custom Edward Wormley Console for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
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 Tables

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Wood

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Brass and Mahogany Nesting Table Set
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century brass and mahogany nesting table set The table measure: 28 wide x 20 deep x 22.25 inches high; the nesting tables measure 13 wide x 17.5 deep...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Occasional Side Table in Rosewood by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1960s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Occasional side table in rosewood by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1960s Side table in lacquered mahogany legs and apron with rosewood top. Signed with gold 'D' and retailer's paper tag...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Floating Edward Wormley for Dunbar Executive Extending Desks, 1970s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Antwerp, BE
A rare and sleek Mid-Century Modern executive desks by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture. The desks features stunning solid walnut grain and sleek midcentury design. The desk is fi...
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1970s British Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Nutwood

Dunbar Cocktail Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Dunbar cocktail table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Coffee table in two tone walnut with lower shelf and brass stretcher. Very good original condition. Very light wear to ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Edward Wormley Murano Glass Tile Top Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Beautiful Edward Wormley Murano glass tile top table in a rare color. Manufactured by Dunbar.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley Expandable Coffee Table
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Edward Wormley designed coffee table produced by Dunbar. Solid Mahogany construction, professionally restored with the appropriate satin espresso finish. The functionality of thi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley Sheaves of Wheat Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A nice example with an exceptional top.Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar,metal Dunbar label below. Speciman Marble top.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Brass

Dining Table in Cherry by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Expertly Refinished
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar dining table in Cherry and Mahogany. Expertly refinished. The condition is as close to perfect as it can get. Leaves are 18 inches wide. Table is 66 inches ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Cherry, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Dining Table with Natzler Tiles
By Dunbar Furniture, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Edward Wormley
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Edward Wormely and Natzler for Dunbar dining table, circa late 1950s. This extraordinary example has four blue Natzler tiles, inset rosewood in the top and bookmatched walnut top. It...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Tables

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Ceramic, Rosewood, Walnut

Edward Wormley tables for sale on 1stDibs

Edward Wormley 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 tables there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 35 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original tables by Edward Wormley were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider tables by Dunbar, Knoll and Milo Baughman if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Edward Wormley tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,599 and tops out at $33,600, while pieces like these can sell for $5,800 on average.

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