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Edward Wormley Sideboards

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 Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Sliding Door Sideboard or Credenza Cabinet
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
Classic Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany credenza with solid brass hardware. Nine drawers with center cabinet.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Ten-Drawer Dresser
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Garnerville, NY
Ten drawer Edward Wormley for Drexel dresser. Burn in Drexel mark in top drawer. Silver Elm wood veneers. Structurally sound and massive cabinet. Older dark refinish with a distresse...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Metal

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Mid Century Brass and Elm Credenza
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Drexel precedent mid century brass and elm credenza Credenza measures: 66.75 wide x 20 deep x 32.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid Century Walnut and Brass Buffet Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mid century walnut and brass buffet credenza This credenza measures: 73 wide x 18 deep x 32 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Dunbar Cabinet by Edward Wormley with Otto and Gertrude Natzler Tile Pulls
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Important storage cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Ribbon mahogany with rare Otto and Gertrude Naztler ceramic tiles integrated into the solid brass pulls. Finished bac...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet with Brass Hardware, 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful sideboard cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, made of sandalwood with solid brass hardware. Cabinet has drawers on each side, center Lucite pull out shelf and on...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Sideboard
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar for modern 1940s bleached mahogany sideboard, center stepped out, inset oval drawer pulls, center interior with drawers and space to store table pads, end c...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Leather, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sideboard, Rare Model
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a beautifully restored sideboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The cabinet has plenty of storage and is executed in a rich mahogany with darker banded wood on edges. Cabinets...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Rosewood and Walnut Sideboard Credenza, 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An outstanding Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture "Janus" Collection USA, 1950s Walnut case, with rosewood sliding...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Walnut and Mahogany Sideboard, Model 4579, by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in 1945, this exquisite sideboard, model 4579, appeared in the 1997 exhibition "The Other Face of Modernism." With its bold brass hinges and pul...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Modular Six-Piece Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
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...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Basketweave Pattern Brass & Bookmatched Walnut Signed Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
This stunning Mid-Century Modern chest was designed by Edward Wormley for the Dunbar Furniture Company in the United States circa 1955. It features a volumetric rectangular body sitt...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

A Walnut Sideboard by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
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...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Walnut & Japanese Fir Sideboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dorchester, MA
Edward Wormley designed this handsome sideboard, model 671A, for Dunbar in 1953. The case features Japanese fir panels that contrast with the walnut frame. Two top drawers, one of w...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Fir, Leather, Maple, Walnut

Edward Wormley Sideboard Model 671 A for Dunbar Custom Order 1953
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Camden, ME
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...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Walnut, Paper

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sideboard in Mahogany
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Not often seen, a fully restored sliding door sideboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The cabinet features four sliding doors with loads of interior storage. The top section has two ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Sideboard
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Wormley for Drexel, his Precedent collection sideboard-buffet, originally designed in the late 1940s. Center drawers with end cabinet doors and interior shelves. P...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Elm

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinets
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Denton, TX
Two Edward Wormley cabinets with corrugated wood sliding doors and center drawer section in a grey brown finish Each cabinet is 20" deep by 49" wide by 31.25 high.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Elm Wood Sideboard or Bar Cabinet, 1950s
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern elm wood sideboard server, credenza, or bar cabinet By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1950s Measures: 48"W x 19...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Elm

Walnut Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A walnut cabinet with adjustable shelves and brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

Drop Tambour Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An innovative and uncommon drop tambour front cabinet of bleached walnut having recessed finger pulls, the cabinet with drawers, shelves and vertical storage slats.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Superstructure Wall Unit or Room Divider, Restored
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional "superstructure" wall unit display cabinet or room divider By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1950s Concave cabinet constructed of walnut wit...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Sideboard or Cabinet in Mahogany and Walnut by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1960s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Ft Lauderdale, FL
Sideboard or cabinet in mahogany and Walnut by Edward Wormley for Dunbar 1960s, Asian-inspired, campaign-style modern with 8 drawers some with felt inserts. Glass tray and shelf in c...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward Wormley Walnut and Olive Ash Burl Tall Cabinet for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
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...
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1950s American Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward Wormley Dunbar Woven Front Credenza in Mahogany
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Edward Wormley for Dunbar woven front sideboard, circa mid 1950's. This example has a striped African mahogany case, stainless steel legs and lots of interior storage. It has been ne...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Steel

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Sideboard Credenza or Bar Cabinet
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A stunning Mid-Century Modern sideboard credenza or bar cabinet By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1940s Mahogany, with original brass hardware. Measures: 43.38"...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
A bleached mahogany woven front credenza designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
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1950s Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Drexel Black Lacquered Sideboard Credenza, Newly Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza, or dresser By Edward Wormley for Drexel, "Precedent" Collection USA, 1950s Black lacquered elm wood, with original har...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Elm, Lacquer

Edward Wormley Elegant Credenza in Walnut and Mahogany 1960s, Signed
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Fine 4 door credenza in mahogany with walnut doors and brass “D” pulls by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1960's (signed in drawer). This piece is beautifully outfitted and metic...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Sideboards

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Brass

Edward Wormley sideboards for sale on 1stDibs

Edward Wormley sideboards are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Edward Wormley sideboards to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 32 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original sideboards by Edward Wormley were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider sideboards by Knoll, Dunbar and Milo Baughman if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Edward Wormley sideboards can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,250 and tops out at $18,000, while pieces like these can sell for $8,000. 1stDibs

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