1 of 7 images

Spindle Back Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley

Quantity

About

Walnut spindle back dining chairs, having spare frames and upholstered seats.

Details

  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. Upholstery suggested.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 32 in. x W 18 in. x D 20 in.

    H 81.28 cm x W 45.72 cm x D 50.8 cm

  • Seat height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    No. 9391.001
  • Reference number
    LU8903746261

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • 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

Recognized
Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2010
Typical response time: 13 hrs
Located in New York, NY
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley

$4,800 / item
Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
A sinuous upholstered dining chair on tapered legs.

Set of Six Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley

$28,000 / set
Set of Six Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Dining Room Chairs
Walnut, Upholstery
An uncommon set of six (6) dining chairs having exposed frames supporting floating seats and curved sculptural back rests, both covered in a lively linen print.

Bridge Chair by Edward Wormley

$3,800 / item
Bridge Chair by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
American Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
An elegant game or dining chair with a curved back and generous seat atop walnut tapered dowel legs, with rear legs that continue up to support the back.  

Panel Back Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley

$24,000 / set
Panel Back Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany, Upholstery
A set of four (4) elegant and generously proportioned dining chairs with wooden panel backs, having spare, square-legged mahogany frames and tailored, form fitting upholstery.
You May Also Like
Poul Volther Ladder Back Dining Chairs, Set of Six
Poul Hundevad, Poul Volther
Danish Dining Room Chairs
Wool, Teak
A set of six ladder back dining chairs attributed to Poul Volther (or Poul Hundevad). Excellent vintage condition with period dead-stock green wool tweed fabric.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Set of Four Caned Din...
Edward Wormley
American Dining Room Chairs
Cane, Walnut
Elegant set of four Edward Wormley for Dunbar walnut frame and caned back dining chairs, two arms and two sides chairs. Curved back with caned panel and X-stretcher on legs. Includes...

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs

$4,500 / set
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
A pair of Dunbar lounge chairs by Edward Wormley. Upholstered in a textured wool.
Set of Six Planner Group Dining Chairs, Model 1...
Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
American Side Chairs
Iron, Birch
Designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon's Planner Group, these dining/side chairs, model 1533, feature spindle backs and shovel-shaped black lacquered seats that are held within an ir...

Pair of Edward Wormley Chairs

$4,800 / set
Pair of Edward Wormley Chairs
Edward Wormley
American Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair Edward Wormley Dark Walnut and off white cord chairs for Drexel co,fabric in and off white ultra suede.
Set of Six 1940s Dining Side Chairs with Cut-Ou...
American Dining Room Chairs
Oak, Upholstery
Set of six side chairs in dark finish on oak with cut-out backs and upholstered seats. In the manner of James Mont.
Set of Four Triple Oval Back Walnut Leather Din...
American Dining Room Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Set of four vintage Hollywood Regency or French Provincial interlocking triple oval interlocking back solid walnut side chairs. Chairs feature attractive and elegant interlocking bac...
Rare Italian Modernist Bent Plywood Dining Chairs
Italian Side Chairs
Cane, Maple
Set of five, rare and unique, modernist dining chairs with original, lipstick red lacquered, rounded, bent maple plywood frames and fully restored natural caned seats.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries