Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Style Mid Century Arm Chair

$1,295

About

Edward Wormley for Dunbar style mid century arm chair Chair measures: 32 wide x 31 deep x 29 high, with a seat height of 18 inches All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage condition. That means the piece is restored upon purchase so it’s free of watermarks, chips or deep scratches with color loss - all of this is done at no additional cost to you, but it will take a bit longer to ship if you choose to have it restored.

Details

  • Creator
    Edward Wormley (Designer)
  • Similar to
    Dunbar Furniture (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Depth: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Unknown
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    La Grange, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 2020-51811stDibs: LU5408223577232

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: COUNTRYSIDE, IL
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Designer

Edward Wormley

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 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.
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in La Grange, IL
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2016
1stDibs seller since 2020
101 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 4 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

'A-Frame' Chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Classic 'A-Frame' armchair with a woven caned backrest, upholstered black leather seat and brass capped feet. Designed by Edward Wormley, produced by Dunbar in t...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of armchairs in original blue leather with rosewood arms cane backs.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchair
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Unusual chair in leather and walnut by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fantastic walnut base with detailing consistent with his “Janus” line. Leather appears original and presents excepti...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather

Mahogany Armchair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Boston, MA
Edward Wormley designed this handsome mahogany armchair for Dunbar, juxtaposing modern linearity with curvaceous classic form. It has been expertly reupholstered in Knoll's Rivington...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Dining Chairs
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar dining chairs, canned backs with newly upholstered cotton velvet seats great plains, mahogany frames crafted, highly skilled bent multiple layers of veneer, front ...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cane, Mahogany

Pair of Mid-Century Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of 1950s high back lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar features iconic Mid-Century design and comfortably sculpted seat backs. Spacious seats with plush vintage fabr...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Upholstery

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Club Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Stunning pair of oak framed chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, referred to as “Edward’s Chair”. New Knoll fabric and excellent original finish. Chairs are quite substantial in size...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Oak

Edward Wormley Slipper Chair for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning Edward Wormley slipper chair for Dunbar designed in the 1950s. This chair is one of Wormley's iconic designs and it couldn't be more current today. The chair is extremely ...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery