1 of 10 images

"Big Texan" Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in Mohair


A large-scale "Big Texan" sofa designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Mohair upholstery with down back cushions.


  • Dimensions

    H 27 in. x W 114 in. x D 40 in.

    H 68.58 cm x W 289.56 cm x D 101.6 cm

  • Seat height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference number

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

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2008
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in Dallas, TX
More From This Seller
Pair of "Big Texan" Settees by Edward Wormley f...
Edward Wormley
A matching pair of large-scale settees designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar upholstered in raw silk.
Sofa/Chaise by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
A one armed sofa or chaise with brass legs. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Sofa Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
A Classic Dunbar form with tapered wood legs and brass sabots. Newly upholstered in plush grey mohair. Designed by Edward Wormley.
Split Arm Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
A beautifully restored split arm sofa with walnut base. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Reupholstered in a lavender colored Mohair with down back cushions.
You May Also Like
Large Mid-Century Janus Sofa by Edward Wormley ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Authentic with tags, iconic Janus Sofa, model #6329, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture. Sofa has been professionally restored and is ready for it's new home.  

Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar

Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
American Sofas
Rare Wormley walnut framed open back sofa with an X-base. Newly reupholstered and refinished. One of Wormley's most sophisticated sofa designs.
Gorgeous Gondola Bracket Back Sofa by Edward Wo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Sofas
Brass, Upholstery, Mahogany
Quality construction, fully restored. Beautiful #5316 sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. In Ligne Roset upholstery. Mahogany frame, brass fittings. This sofa is beautiful from any an...
Arced Back Sofa by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Sofas
Upholstery, Walnut
A three seat sofa with an arced back on an exposed walnut base.
Monumental Dunbar "Janus Sofa" by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley, André Dunoyer de Segonzac
American Sofas
Mahogany, Velvet
Large-scale "Janus sofa" by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Wide angle sofa model #6329. Fully restored. New velvet upholstery over refinished mahogany base. We also have the smaller m...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa, Model 5604, 1956
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Sofas
Mahogany, Silk
Edward Wormley for Dunbar sofa, newly upholstered silk on mahogany base, USA, circa 1956. Matching settee available. 92 W x 30 H x 33 D in, 17 seat height, 24 arm height.

Edward Wormley Sculptural Sofa for Dunbar, circa 1960s

$18,000 Sale Price
20% Off
Edward Wormley Sculptural Sofa for Dunbar, circ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Sofas
Leather, Wool, Mahogany
Edward Wormley sculptural sofa Model 486 Dunbar USA, 1961 Literature: Weinberg, Larry. 'Edward Wormley: The Other Face of Modernism', New York: Designbase, 1997; Dunbar, Manufa...
Dunbar Open Arm Sofa with Bracket Back by Edwar...
Edward Wormley
American Sofas
Rare open-arm sofa with an exposed bracket back frame. Fully restored and reupholstered. New Knoll upholstery with Dunbar espresso finish frame.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries