Edward J. Wormley “Thiebes” Red Leather Stools for Dunbar

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

Designer: Edward J. Wormley.
Manufacturer: Dunbar.
Period / Style: Mid-Century Modern.
Country: United States.
Date: 1950s.

Dimensions: H x W x L.
Materials: Ebonized wood, new leather.
Condition: Excellent, newly refinished and reupholstered.
Number of items: Two.
ID number: Pending.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Newly Refinished and Reupholstered.
  • Dimensions
    16.75 in. H x 23 in. W x 23 in. D
    43 cm H x 58 cm W x 58 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Number of Items
    2
  • Reference Number
    LU97115700263

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

1stdibs seller since 2013

Typical response time: 2 hours

Located in Los Angeles, CA

More from this Seller

Edward J. Wormley Model-5136 Sofa with Brass Legs for Dunbar
Edward J. Wormley Model-5136 Sofa with Brass Legs ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Brass, Fabric
Designer: Edward J. Wormley. Manufacturer: Dunbar. Period/style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1950s Dimensions: 28.5″ H x 84″ L x 32″ W. Seat height 17″. M...
Edward J. Wormley Tufted Lounge Chair for Dunbar
Edward J. Wormley Tufted Lounge Chair for Dunbar
Edward Wormley, Dunbar Berne
Brass, Leather, Wood
Designer: Edward J. Wormley Manufacturer: Dunbar Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1950s Dimensions: 29? H x 24? W x 27? D Seat Height 16? Materials...
Harvey Probber Circular Leather Ottoman or Stool
Harvey Probber Circular Leather Ottoman or Stool
Harvey Probber
Leather, Walnut
Designer: Harvey Probber. Manufacturer: Harvey Probber. Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1950s. Dimensions: 12″ H x 24.5″ D. Materials: Walnut, le...
Mies van der Rohe Steel and Leather Tufted Bar Stools for Knoll
Mies van der Rohe Steel and Leather Tufted Bar Sto...
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll International
Chrome, Leather, Steel
Designer: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Manufacturer: Knoll International. Period/style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1970s. Dimensions: 30″ H x 17″ W x 15″ D. ...
Hans J. Wegner Ap-29 “Papa Bear” Stools for A.P. Stolen
Hans J. Wegner Ap-29 “Papa Bear” Stools for A.P. S...
A.P. Stolen, Hans J. Wegner
Wood, Teak
Each Designer: Hans J. Wegner Manufacturer: A.P. Stolen Period/style: Danish Modern Country: Denmark Date: 1953 Dimensions: 16?H x 28?L x 16?W Materials: Teak wood Condition: Price in...
Poul Hundevad “Gold Hill” Teak Folding Stool for Vamdrup
Poul Hundevad “Gold Hill” Teak Folding Stool for V...
Poul Hundevad, Vamdrup Stolefabrik
Leather, Teak
Designer: Poul Hundevad. Manufacturer: Vamdrup. Period/style: Danish modern. Country: Denmark. Date: 1960s. Dimensions: 16″ H x 19″ W x 14″ D. Materials: Teak, new leather. Con...
Pair of Henry Rosengren Hansen Teak Bar Stools for Brande Møbelindustri
Pair of Henry Rosengren Hansen Teak Bar Stools for...
Henry Rosengren Hansen, Brande Møbelindustri
Leather, Teak
Designer: Henry Rosengren Hansen Manufacturer: Brande Møbelindustri Period/style: Danish modern Country: Denmark Date: 1950s Dimensions: 35.5? H x 14? L x 17? W Seat height 28? ...
Edward J. Wormley “Precedent” Slipper Lounge Chair for Drexel
Edward J. Wormley “Precedent” Slipper Lounge Chair...
Edward Wormley, Drexel “Precedent”
Fabric, Walnut
Designer: Edward J. Wormley Manufacturer: Drexel “Precedent” Period or style: Mid-Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1947 Dimensions: 31 H x 24 W x 33 D Seat Height 17....
Robert Josten Cast Aluminum Bar Stools
Robert Josten Cast Aluminum Bar Stools
Robert Josten, Robert Josten Studio
Aluminum, Maple, Walnut
Robert Josten cast aluminum bar stools. Designer: Robert Josten. Manufacturer: Robert Josten Studio. Period/style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1970s. Dimens...
Mid-Century Walnut and Brass Bar Stools
Mid-Century Walnut and Brass Bar Stools
Brass, Fabric, Walnut
Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1950s. Dimensions: 31?H x 14.5?W x 14.5?D Materials: Walnut wood, brass footrest, tweed fabric Condition: Excellent,...
California Modernist Aluminium Bar Stools by Robert Josten
California Modernist Aluminium Bar Stools by Rober...
Robert Josten, Robert Josten Studio
Aluminum, Maple, Walnut
Designer: Robert Josten Manufacturer: Robert Josten Studio Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: United States Date: 1970s Dimensions: 46.5?H x 18.5?W x 18.5?D Seat height 3...
Vintage Brazilian Stool or Ottoman by Percival Lafer
Vintage Brazilian Stool or Ottoman by Percival Laf...
Percival Lafer
Leather, Mahogany
Designer: Percival Lafer. Manufacturer: Percival Lafer. Period/style: Brazilian modern. Country: Brazil. Date: 1970s. Dimensions: 14.75″ H x 26″ L x 20.5″ W. Materials: Mahogany...