1 of 11 images

Stool by Edward Wormley for Dunbar

About

An ash stool with sheepskin cover seat. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.

Details

  • Dimensions

    H 19 in. x Dm 15 in.

    H 48.26 cm x Dm 38.1 cm

  • Diameter
    15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Seller location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference number
    LU851810420603

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
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2008
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in Dallas, TX
More From This Seller
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.
Edward Wormley "a Chair" for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
A rare chair in mahogany with solid brass legs. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Pair of Swivel Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
A pair of swivel chairs with walnut plinth bases. Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored and upholstered in mohair with down seat cushions.
You May Also Like
Two Pairs of Solid Mahogany Stools by Edward Wo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Stools
We are offering two pairs of Dunbar stools with vinyl tops and mahogany bases. They would work well as footstools for your sofa or favorite chair. There is a rectangular Dunbar label...
Pair of Heart Stools by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Stools
Cherry
Pair of cheerywood heart stools by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Made in USA, circa 1950s. Sold as a pair.
Sheaf of Wheat Stool by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Stools
Brass, Leather, Walnut
This walnut and brass Sheaf of Wheat stool from the 1950s, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, has been newly upholstered in leather.
Foot Stool or Ottoman by Edward Wormley for Dun...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Stools
Upholstery, Mahogany
Edward Wormley stool. Mahogany frame with tapered X-cross stretchers. Probably reupholstered in the mustard / green / orange concentric square patterned fabric in the 1970s.
Sculptural x Base Stool by Edward Wormley for D...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Stools
Upholstery, Wood
Sculptural X base stool or Ottoman, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. It has been refinished in an ultra-deep brown lacquer with a velvety blue upholstery.

Dunbar Brass Stool by Edward Wormley

$3,600
Dunbar Brass Stool by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
American Benches
Brass, Mohair
Brass frame bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored, polished, and reupholstered in mohair.
Pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar "Sheaf of Whe...
Edward Wormley
American Stools
Pair oak and brass rarely seen "Sheaf of Wheat" stools from the 1950s, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, pair have been newly upholstered in spinneybeck leather.
Pair of Large Edward Wormley Ottomans or Stools...
Edward Wormley
American Ottomans and Poufs
Wood
A large pair of ottomans or stools or benches for Dunbar's Janus collection with two-tier tufted cushions resting on rectangular walnut frames with subtly faceted, slightly flared le...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries