Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 13

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut Elliptical Conference or Dining Table, 1960s

$19,995

About

An extremely rare and exceptional Mid-Century Modern custom 14-foot walnut conference or dining table Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1960s Figured walnut top + solid walnut pedestals + chrome feet Measures: 168" W x 56" D x 31.5" H. Excellent vintage condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Edward Wormley (Designer),Dunbar Furniture (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Width: 168 in. (426.72 cm)Depth: 56 in. (142.24 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent vintage condition. Very minor wear consistent with age and use. See photos.
  • Seller Location
    South Bend, IN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2745317208051

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Ships From: South Bend, IN
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

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 1stDibs 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
Located in South Bend, IN
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2012
1stDibs seller since 2017
681 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Vintage Wormley Conference or Dining Table for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
Rare beautiful 12 feet to 14 feet 1/2 vintage Wormley extension dining/conference table for Dunbar exotic Tawi wood top with two additional leaves of 15" each. Dark walnut tapered le...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Conference Tables

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Massive Edward Wormley for Dunbar Walnut and Mahogany Dining / Conference Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
This amazing table was custom ordered for Oil and gas billionaire philanthropist bob Kinzie's personal estate in Louisiana. It was originally used as a dining room table and was flan...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Expandable Walnut Dining Table for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Houston, TX
Beautiful Edward Wormley dining table for Dunbar. This table has two leaves that store in an underneath compartment(see last picture). The top is in a nice vintage condition and read...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Wood

Walnut and Ebonized Mahogany Hex Dining Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Denver, CO
A usable project. This 1950s, 52 x 45" hex shape dining table (circa 1957) with three 16" leaves constructed from walnut and ebonized mahogany is being offered (as-is) prior to refin...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Walnut, Mahogany

Dunbar Dining/Conference Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Roger Sprunger for Dunbar dining table, could seat 6 to 8 people. Rounded edged walnut top with good figured patterns, dark walnut pedestal base. Dunbar Berne Indiana metal tag on ...
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley Dining Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar two-toned extension dining table model #4594. Mahogany and walnut woods. Leg details are routed with hoof feet. Two sizeable leaves extended to 114.5".
Category

Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Mahogany, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Drop Leaf Dining Table Desk or Conference Table
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Ferndale, MI
Excellent Wormley for Dunbar table desk which could double as a conference table with two drop leaf extensions. Each extension 18" wide. Cherry wood top with dark finished base .
Category

Early 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drop-leaf and Pembroke Ta...

Materials

Walnut

Dining or Conference Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Buffalo, NY
Beautiful figured walnut oval top on two rosewood pedestal bases with three feet ending in ribbed chrome glides/levelers. Made by Dunbar,designed by Edward Wormley
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Metal

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery