Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 10 images

Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar

About

Edward Wormley sofa for Dunbar in great form.

Details

  • Condition Details
    Fabric has some imperfections.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 29.25 in. x W 84.50 in. x D 35 in.

    H 74.3 cm x W 214.63 cm x D 88.9 cm

  • Seat height
    15.25 in. (38.74 cm)
  • Seller location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference number
    LU188839895051

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

5 / 5
Vetted
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2016
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in Miami, FL
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

Kazuhide Takahama Sofa for Knoll, 1970s

By Knoll International
$2,200
Kazuhide Takahama Sofa for Knoll, 1970s
Knoll International, Kazuhide Takahama
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Metal, Chrome

Kazuhide Takahama Sofa for Knoll, 1970s

By Knoll International
$2,200
Kazuhide Takahama Sofa for Knoll, 1970s
Knoll International, Kazuhide Takahama
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Metal, Chrome
Grete Jalk Teak Sofa, Denmark, 1960s
Grete Jalk, France & Daverkosen
Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Teak
Mid-Century Modern Sofa in the Style of Paul Mc...
Paul McCobb
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Walnut
You May Also Like

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa

By Dunbar Furniture
$14,000
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar

By Dunbar Furniture
$12,000
Edward Wormley Sofa for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mahogany

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa

By Dunbar Furniture
$19,700
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa

By Dunbar Furniture
$7,500
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Sofas
Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Tuxedo Sofa for Dunbar

By Dunbar Furniture
$8,500
Edward Wormley Tuxedo Sofa for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mahogany, Fabric
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sectional Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Velvet, Oak
Edward Wormley Sculptural Sofa for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Upholstery

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries