Dunbar King-Size Drop Arm Headboard, Edward Wormley For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 7 images

Dunbar King-Size Drop Arm Headboard, Edward Wormley

About

Adjustable king-size headboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model 4588, circa 1950s. Both sides have drop down arms and adjustable back. Restored mahogany frame in walnut finish with black leather upholstery.

Details

  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 39 in. x W 81 in. x D 3 in.H 99.06 cm x W 205.74 cm x D 7.62 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Seller Reference Number
    1629
  • Reference Number
    LU91878336643
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 2 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Edward Wormley (Designer)

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.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2011
Located in Chicago, IL
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Dunbar Nightstands by Edward Wormley

Dunbar Nightstands by Edward Wormley

By Dunbar Furniture
$5,500
Dunbar Nightstands by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Pair of angle front nightstands by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored. refinished in Dunbar espresso tone. These night stands would also make great end / side tables. Both hav...
Monumental Dunbar Open-Arm Sofa by Edward Wormley
Monumental Dunbar Open-Arm Sofa by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass, Mahogany, Velvet
Large-scale open-arm sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Sculptural form sofa with walnut bracket frames that come up the back side of sofa. Fully restored and reupholstered in low pi...
Paul McCobb King-Size Brass Frame Headboard
Paul McCobb King-Size Brass Frame Headboard
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Brass, Mahogany
Brass frame headboard with mahogany panels. Fully restored and refinished in dark walnut. Designed by Paul McCobb for Calvin Furniture.
Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar

Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar

By Dunbar Furniture
$12,000
Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mahogany
Early and rare sofa model 4623 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored. New upholstery over espresso finish base.
You May Also Like
Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tilting Drop Arm King Sized Walnut Headboard
Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tilting Drop A...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Walnut
Unique King sized walnut headboard designed by Edward Wormely for Dunbar. This headboard features two pulls that tilts the headboard back and drops down arm rests for optimal comfort...
Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tilting Drop Arm Extra Wide King Headboard
Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Tilting Drop A...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Walnut
Unique extra wide king sized Walnut headboard designed by Edward Wormely for Dunbar, measuring at 103 in. wide. This headboard features two pulls that tilts the headboard back and dr...
King-Size Louvered Headboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
King-Size Louvered Headboard by Edward Wormley ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Mahogany
Edward Wormley designed this midcentury headboard for Dunbar. Louvered panels of light mahogany create clean but strong lines that extend the width of a king-size bed.
Ultimate King-Size Headboard by Edward J Wormley for Dunbar
Ultimate King-Size Headboard by Edward J Wormle...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Mahogany, Upholstery
Mahogany framed headboard tilts for comfortable reading slant, has rubber-filled channels, four of which drop down as arm rests. Model no. 4588. By Edward J Wormley for Dunbar. Ameri...
Edward Wormley King-Size Headboard

Edward Wormley King-Size Headboard

By Edward Wormley
$14,000
Edward Wormley King-Size Headboard
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Brass, Leather, Mahogany
Wormley for Dunbar swing-out headboard, model 4588, Mahogany framed structure holding leather channel-back dual headboard that tilts for comfortable reading slant, with drop down arm...
Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Full Size Headboard
Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Full Size Headboard
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Mahogany
Edward J. Wormley full size headboard with fixed slats or louvers, model no. 4598 from his Dunbar for Modern line in the late 1940s. Original light mahogany, should be refinished. Ha...
King-Size Tilting Headboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
King-Size Tilting Headboard by Edward Wormley f...
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s Beds and Bed Frames
Mahogany framed adjustable headboard model #4588 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Headboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

Headboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

By Dunbar Furniture
$12,500
Headboard by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames
Mahogany, Upholstery
An innovative and elegant king size headboard in darkened mahogany having channeled upholstery, adjustable back rests and two pairs of drop-down arms.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries