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Edward J. Wormley Armchair for Dunbar

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Beautiful Mid-Century Modern armchair designed by American furniture designer, Edward J. Wormley, for Dunbar in the United States, circa 1950s. This sleek design features a solid walnut wood frame with soft curvilinear arms and a geometric base showcasing exceptional craftsmanship that can be seen in the blend of materials that balance the design while accentuating the intricate grain detail and warm hues. This chair has been professionally refinished by our expert craftsmen team and has new high-density foam cushions reupholstered in a vintage vibrant mustard-yellow tweed fabric providing comfort and style. This comfortable chair is perfect for bringing a unique modern flair to any home or office space.

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Newly Refinished & Reupholstered
  • Dimensions
    H 33.75 in. x W 22.50 in. x D 23 in.H 85.73 cm x W 57.15 cm x D 58.42 cm
  • Seat Height
    19.50 in. (49.53 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU971117367462
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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

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A specialist in mid-century modern furnishings and decorative arts, this seller focuses on Scandinavian and American pieces by iconic designers like Hans J. Wegner, Greta M. Grossman, Finn Juhl, George Nelson and Florence Knoll. For the past 15 years, the firm’s talented and dedicated artisans ha...

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