Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs, circa 1960s For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 11 images

Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs, circa 1960s

About

This fine pair of armchairs designed by Edward Wormley reflects Dunbar's signature high-quality construction. Sturdy and versatile, these chairs have been professionally refinished and newly reupholstered in a grey-blue mohair velvet. 28" W x 27-1/2" D x 35-1/2" H; seat 18-1/2" W x 17-1/2" D x 18-1/2" H; arms 25-1/2" H.

Details

  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Newly reupholstered; bases refinished
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 35.5 in. x W 28 in. x D 27.5 in.H 90.17 cm x W 71.12 cm x D 69.85 cm
  • Seat Height
    18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU102368242283
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

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    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 7 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

4.8 / 5
Vetted
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2014
Located in Brooklyn, NY
More From This Seller
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs with Original Leather, circa 1960s
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs with Origin...
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Chairs
Leather, Mahogany
These sturdy and versatile Edward Wormley-designed armchairs reflect Dunbar's signature high-quality construction. The mahogany frames have been professionally refinished, so the cha...
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs in Leather and Mahogany, circa 1960s
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchairs in ...
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Armchairs
Leather, Mahogany
This fine pair of sturdy and versatile armchairs designed by Edward Wormley reflects Dunbar's signature high-quality construction. The wood frames have been professionally refinished...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Horseshoe Armchair, circa 1950s
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Horseshoe Armchair, c...
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Armchairs
Upholstery, Mahogany, Rosewood
1950s mahogany and rosewood horseshoe armchair. Sculptural back and arms taper to a seat that holds a newly upholstered chocolate-brown velvet cushion.
Pair of Swivel Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1960s
Pair of Swivel Armchairs by Edward Wormley for ...
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Chairs
Mohair, Mahogany
Elegant pair of 1960s armchairs with sculptural, integrated arms, reupholstered in a rich grey mohair. Swivel and return mechanism. Gold "D" Dunbar tag on underside. Fabric swatch av...
You May Also Like
1960s Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
1960s Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Velvet, Wood
Beautiful pair of armchairs designed by Edward Wormley and manufactured by Dunbar. Six are available. These chairs are very comfortable, they are generous in size and have rollers f...
Edward J. Wormley Armchair for Dunbar
Edward J. Wormley Armchair for Dunbar
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Walnut
Striking armchair designed by American furniture designer, Edward J. Wormley, for Dunbar in the United States circa 1950’s. Features a sturdy walnut wood frame with soft curvilinear ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchair
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchair
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Brass, Upholstery, Mahogany
Handsome armchair designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Wonderful structured lines with mahogany legs and brass ring detail. Newley upholstered in grey fabric with contrasting wool ...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchair
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Armchair
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Armchair Model 5513 by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Pivoting back and sculpted seat make for a comfortable small scale chair. Caning has been replaced and the chair newly upholstered i...
Pair of Edward Wormley for "Dunbar" Leather Armchairs
Pair of Edward Wormley for "Dunbar" Leather Arm...
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Modern Armchairs
Leather, Bentwood
Sculptural pair of Edward Wormley chairs for Dunbar. Walnut frames have been newly refinished in deep chocolate and have new white leather upholstery. Both chairs have metal Dunbar p...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pair of Green Armchairs
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Pair of Green Armchairs
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Velvet, Beech
Edward Wormley for Dunbar, set of 2 armchairs, beech and velvet, United States, 1960s This pair of Mid-Century Modern armchair were designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. This stu...
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Side Armchairs
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar Side Armchairs
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
Beautiful pair of Edward Wormley armchairs. Great side chairs for any room or as dining chairs.
Edward Wormley 'Janus' Armchair for Dunbar
$2,240 Sale Price
20% Off
Edward Wormley 'Janus' Armchair for Dunbar
Dunbar, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
A armchair designed by Edward Wormley for the Dunbar Janus Collection, with round tufted back and curved seat in cream colored upholstery, against exposed mahogany frame, circa 1950s...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries