Edward Wormley 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.

Vintage Mahogany and Rosewood Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Vintage Mahogany and Rosewood Table by Edward W...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Side Tables
A very nice vintage 1960s occasional table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Beautiful details with subtly curved top and skirt, and legs which are slightly wider at the base. Frame is e...
Edward Wormley Special Order Drop-Front Clover Shaped Table
Edward Wormley Special Order Drop-Front Clover ...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Tables
Mahogany
A beautiful and practical design. The table utilizes bookmatched veneer to create an optic pattern. Hidden compartment for silverware. Probably a custom design.
Round Dining Table in Brazilian Rosewood by Edward Wormley
Round Dining Table in Brazilian Rosewood by Edw...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Tables
Round dining table in Brazilian rosewood designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1960s (Dunbar tag on bottom) Refinished.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Magazine Table
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Magazine Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Brass, Mahogany
An Edward Wormley for Dunbar Modernist magazine table. Mahogany. Featuring original Dunbar labels. Professional restoration by Karl Kemp antiques.
Edward Wormley Game Table

Edward Wormley Game Table

By Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley Game Table
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Game Tables
Leather, Wood
Edward Wormley (1907-1995) Game table with inset round cream leather playing surface with circular drink rests in each corner. Raised on chamfered legs with brass feet. Executed by...
Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Black Leather Desk by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Mid-Century Modern Walnut and Black Leather Des...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Leather, Nickel, Walnut
This elegant desk was created by the legendary midcentury designer Edward Wormley and handcrafted in Berne, Indiana, circa 1950. It features a rectangular body with the original inse...
Dunbar Occasional Side Table by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Occasional Side Table by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
Beautiful, classic, modern, elegant. Fully restored and refinished in espresso tone.
Dunbar Side Table with Murano Glass Tiles by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Side Table with Murano Glass Tiles by Ed...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Excellent drink or snack table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This rare table is made of bleached walnut with Murano glass tile top. Beautiful all original condition.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Console Table
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Console Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Walnut
Edward Wormley for Dunbar console table. This piece has been professionally restored.
Large Midcentury Walnut Cube Table Pedestal by Dunbar
Large Midcentury Walnut Cube Table Pedestal by ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley, Milo Baughman
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tables
Walnut
Beautifully simple walnut cube designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Gorgeous grain. Large enough to use as a pedestal for a great art piece but could still be used as a table be...
Midcentury Walnut and Glass Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
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.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Sheaf of Wheat" Occasional Table
Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Sheaf of Wheat" Occa...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
This iconic Mid-Century Modern side table by Edward Wormley features a gorgeous round top with walnut wood grain. This unique piece has an hourglass shaped base with spindles taperin...
Stunning Midcentury Edward Wormley for Drexel W...
Edward Wormley, Drexel
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Beautiful original Edward Wormley for Drexel extension dining table. This piece retains it's original finish and is fantastic condition with two matching extension leaves. The shape ...
Large Extension Dining Table by Edward Wormely ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Dining Room Tables
Large extension dining table model No. 291 in dark mahogany with lighter walnut top by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1960s (metal label on bottom). Table comes with 3 24 inche...
Corner Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Walnut
A corner table in walnut having three tapered dowel legs, with a triangulated apron and a geometric boomerang-form top.

Dunbar Side Table

By Dunbar Furniture
Dunbar Side Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
Edward Wormley "Dunbar For Modern" mahogany side table. Excellent condition with brass tag to underside. This table is an early entry to Edward Wormley's designs of Mode...
Mid-Century Modern Handrubbed Walnut Dining Tab...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
This handsome dining table was realized by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, where Wormley served as long-time director of design. Celebrated for his modern interpretations on Classic desig...
Dunbar Tawi Wood Dining Table
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Simply his best design dining table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model 5460 with three 12"in. leaves with case all perfectly restored and labeled.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Walnut, Lacquered an...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
An Edward Wormley for Dunbar, dark walnut, black lacquered and polished white metal Inlaid pedestal table, circa 1950s, with a black lacquered top, chamfered walnut banding raised on...
Mahogany and Glass Coffee Table by Edward Worml...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Mahogany
Round dark stained mahogany and glass coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This piece has hidden castors. Signed to the bottom.
Model 5309 Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for D...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Glass, Rosewood
Model 5309 rare coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Hexagonal Rosewood Dining Table with Extensions...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Rosewood
Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, this striking dining table comprises a rosewood top boldly edged with ebonized mahogany that extends to the legs. Measure: Two 16-inch leaves a...
Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Interlocking Tables b...
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Formica, Ash
A fantastic set of interlocking tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture. This great design allows you to arrange them together or separately in many different configurations. T...
Edward Wormley Magazine Tree Model # 4765 for D...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Maple, Walnut
Edward Wormley magazine tree table or rack model # 4765 for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley Magazine Tree Model #4765 for Du...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands
Maple, Walnut
Edward Wormley magazine tree table or rack model #4765 for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley Janus Game/ Cafe Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Wormley for Dunbar game table with exotic rosewood bookmatched veneers. Biomorphic design clover top. Solid walnut legs. Signed Dunbar Chairs sold separately. This item is currentl...
Edward J. Wormley Flip Top Game Table for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Leather, Wood, Walnut
Mid Century Modern flip-top game table designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United States circa 1950’s. This table features a top that flips over to make a larger surface ...

Dunbar Marble-Top Table

By Dunbar Furniture
Dunbar Marble-Top Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables
Brass, Leather, Mahogany, Marble
Rare and early marble-top table, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa late 1940s. This is a versatile size and can be used as a dining table, game table, or centre table. It ...
Large-Scale End Tables by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Brass, Rosewood, Walnut
Large-scale end tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Co.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Murano Tile Occasiona...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Murano Glass, Mahogany
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Murano tile occasional table USA, circa 1956. Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model 5647. Measures: 21.5 H x 13 W x 13 D inches. 54.6 H x 33 W x 33 D cm...

Dunbar Natzler Coffee Table

By Dunbar Furniture
Dunbar Natzler Coffee Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley, Gertrud and Otto Natzler
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Ceramic, Walnut
A rare low 1950s sculptural walnut cocktail table with inset Natzler tiles. Measures: 18" H x 30" W x 22" W x 60" L.
Early Elegant Custom Edward Wormley Console for...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
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.
"Sheaf of Wheat" Side Table by Edward Wormley f...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Brass, Travertine, Wood
"Sheaf of Wheat" side table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lamp Table
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Modern Side Tables
An unusual lamp table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Mahogany construction, nice details, leather top. Could be used for many purposes.
Nesting Tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Walnut
Nesting tables by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Complete set of five tables.
Brass and Leather Coffee Table by Edward Wormle...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A polished brass table with original cream colored leather inset top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley Murano Glass Tile Top Table
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Side Tables
Mahogany
Beautiful Edward Wormley Murano glass tile top table in a rare color. Manufactured by Dunbar.
Travertine and Mahogany Coffee Table by Edward ...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Coffee and Cocktail Tables
A bleached mahogany coffee table with brass feet and beveled travertine top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley for Drexel Pr...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Mid Century Drexel "Precedent" line magazine table designed by Edward Wormley in "silver elm" finish. Multi level trays for displaying books or magazines face up. Perfect for colle...
Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany, Walnut
Coffee table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Dunbar X-Base Table with Murano Glass Tile Top
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Side Tables
A rare form with solid rosewood base and Murano glass tile top. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Edward Wormley Tile Top Campaign Coffee Table
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass
An excellent example of the Dunbar model 5423 coffee table. A lovely combination of historic styling with a modern flair. Manufactured by Dunbar, gold label below.
Sculptural Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Din...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Sculptural Edward Wormley for Dunbar walnut dining table circa late 1950's. This example has a beautifully grained walnut top and stunning solid walnut base. This table can accommoda...
Edward Wormley Sheaves of Wheat Lamp Table
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Tables
Brass
A nice example with an exceptional top.Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar,metal Dunbar label below. Speciman Marble top.
Edward Wormley Expandable Coffee Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Edward Wormley designed coffee table produced by Dunbar. Solid Mahogany construction, professionally restored with the appropriate satin espresso finish. The functionality of thi...
Trapezoid Top Wormley For Dunbar Coffee Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
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.
Edward Wormley Coffee Table with Tiffany Tiles
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Walnut
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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