Items Similar to Edward Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar View More
Edward Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 16 images

Edward Wormley Lounge Chair for Dunbar

About

Sophisticated and tailored lounge chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Dark mahogany base with inset reveal just below the upholstery line. Curved back with splayed angled legs. Newly upholstered in a heathered natural oatmeal colored wool fabric. New foam throughout. Five button tufted back, tight upholstered seat and elegant curved sweeping arms. Fabric swatch available upon request. Retains original Dunbar metal tag.

Details

  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32 in. x W 29 in. x D 28 in.H 81.28 cm x W 73.66 cm x D 71.12 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU1543211836663
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 cannot be returned.

    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
1stdibs seller since 2015
Located in Chicago, IL
More From This Seller
Pair of Philip Arctander Lounge Chairs for Paustian
Pair of Philip Arctander Lounge Chairs for Paus...
Philip Arctander, Paustian
2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Sheepskin, Oak, Leather
Pair of Philip Arctander "clam" lounge chairs upholstered in graphite gray sheepskin. The Arctander Chair was designed by Philip Arctander in 1944. It is also known as Muslingestolen...
Donghia Leather Odeon Lounge Chair
Donghia Leather Odeon Lounge Chair
Donghia
21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Leather, Upholstery, Chrome
Leather Odeon club lounge chair by Donghia. Fully upholstered chair with tight seat and back. The upholstered frame is raised on a formed and polished chromed steel cantilever base. ...
Pair of Italian 1940s Deco Streamlined Lounge Chairs
Pair of Italian 1940s Deco Streamlined Lounge C...
Paul Frankl, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Pair of incredible Italian 1940s Art Deco streamlined lounge chairs. Subtle details help contribute to the striking shape! Most striking is the upward sweeping scoop arms that are wi...
Pair of Milo Baughman Chrome Scoop Lounge Chairs
Pair of Milo Baughman Chrome Scoop Lounge Chairs
Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Mohair, Upholstery, Chrome
Pair of Milo Baughman chrome frame lounge chairs with floating curved "scoop" upholstered seat and back. Thayer Coggin, circa 1970s. Newly upholstered in a muted grayish tourmaline c...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries