Edward Wormley Furniture

Edward Wormley (USA, 1907-1995)

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.

Dunbar Sofa by Edward Wormley, Model 5485
Dunbar Sofa by Edward Wormley, Model 5485
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Rare form Dunbar sofa by Edward Wormley. Fully restored. New upholstery with refinished walnut stained mahogany ski bases. Retains original Dunbar decking.
Complete Oiled Walnut Dining Table by Dunbar with All Accessories
Complete Oiled Walnut Dining Table by Dunbar wi...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Dunbar, USA circa 1969, Janus series. Edward Wormley. Oiled walnut, entirely restored and like new. Rectangular table measures 114 long x 44.25 wide and 29.5 inches tall Comforta...
Dunbar Club Chairs by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Club Chairs by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Pair of lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Fully restored. Mahogany legs refinished in dark walnut tone. Reupholstered in Belgian mohair.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Side Table in Walnut
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Side Table in Walnut
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
Gorgeous walnut end or side table designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. In very good vintage condition with normal wear. Signed with original manufacturer's tag to underside. Dim...
Vintage Midcentury Wormley Dunbar Party Sofa
Vintage Midcentury Wormley Dunbar Party Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Velvet
Wormley has pioneered in a broad field of design, he was one of those unique designers who was sensitive to the interplay involved in selling modernism and still preserving the nosta...
Ebonized Mahogany Bench Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Ca. 1950
Ebonized Mahogany Bench Table by Edward Wormley...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass, Rosewood, Mahogany
Ebonized mahogany bench table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950. Model 2288C. Sometimes referred to as a 'telephone table or bench'. Professionally restored wood in excellent ...
Rare Dunbar Gray Leather Sofa Chaise, Expertly Reupholstered
Rare Dunbar Gray Leather Sofa Chaise, Expertly ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Mahogany
Rare Edward Wormley for Dunbar sofa chaise. One arm with a rolled cushion that is attached via a mechanism that the cushion spins. Expertly reupholstered in grey Spinneybeck leather.
Six Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley, Large Scale, Bleached Mahogany, Blue Fabric
Six Dining Chairs by Edward Wormley, Large Scal...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Mahogany
Set of 6 dining chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Wide and deep seats with medium height backs, these chairs are super sturdy and comfortable to sit in four hours. Beauti...
Rare Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Organic Shape Travertine Top
Rare Coffee Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar,...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Aluminum, Travertine
Rare, original coffee table by Edward Wormley's for Dunbar. The model 521 features a 1.75 inch thick travertine top with openings on the underside for secure, perfect placement on th...
Walnut Table with Planter and Book Shelves by Dunbar
Walnut Table with Planter and Book Shelves by D...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases
Walnut, Brass
A unique dark brown stained table with shelves and two center drawers; accented with an inset brass planter on the top. Model #687. Made by Edward Wormley for Dunbar USA, 1950.  
Edward Wormley Murano Glass Top Coffee Table
Edward Wormley Murano Glass Top Coffee Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Murano Glass, Mahogany
Murano glass tile top coffee table, circa 1950s, designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar. Top is framed in solid brass, and the base is solid mahogany with "X" cross stretc...
Rare Sofa by Edward Wormley for DUX Mod., New York, 1960s
Rare Sofa by Edward Wormley for DUX Mod., New Y...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley, DUX
20th Century Sofas
Very beautiful sofa designed by Edward Wormley for DUX/Llungs Industrier in the 1960s. The sofa is completely new upholstered and covered with a high quality fabric by ROMO in warmgr...
Pair of Lounge Chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Velvet
Pair of lounge chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1960. This pair has been professionally restored in a high quality gray blue velvet fabric.  
Edward Wormley - Dunbar Slipper Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Slipper Chairs
Rare pair of slipper chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model #127. Dark stained mahogany bases with sloping seats. Wide-scale and great forms.
Bench by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Leather, Wood
Absolutely stunning bench designed by Edward Wormley for the Janus line at Dunbar. This piece has been professionally refinished and reupholstered in an amazing leather hide. Retains...
Edward Wormely Pair of Rare Settees with Conica...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Settees
Brass, Upholstery, Foam, Wood
Pair of elegant loveseats model no. 4872A with conical brass legs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1948. These have been reupholstered in a luxurious fabric.
1 Wormley Drexel Precedent Dresser
Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Elm
Edward Wormley (1907-1995) created many classic furniture designs throughout the 40s, 50s, and 60s for Dunbar and later Drexel. After working for Dunbar for 14 years he opened his ow...
Constellation Table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Laminate, Rosewood, Walnut
Constellation occasional table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Literature: Dunbar, manufacturer's catalog, 1962, unpaginated The tabletop measures: 12.88" diameter.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mid-Century Modern Tu...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
A sizable 94" yet sleek and minimally designed sofa by Edward Wormely for Dunbar, circa 1960s. This elegant Mid-Century Modern couch features a simple, clean shape with a slightly ti...
Edward J. Wormley "Long John" Bench or Coffee T...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood, Bentwood, Walnut
Mid-Century Modern “Long John” bench or coffee table designed by American furniture designer, Edward J. Wormley, for Dunbar in the United States circa 1940’s. This stunning design fe...
Dunbar Coffee Table or Bench in Light Ash
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Laminate, Wood
Designed by Ed Wormley for Dunbar this is the Model 5402 table and part of the Interlocking table group. It can be used stand alone as a coffee table (as shown in Dunbar Fine Furnit...
Set of 6 Curved Mid-Century Modern Sleek Edward...
Edward Wormley, Drexel
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Stunning set of Drexel dining chairs from the 1960s constructed of carved fruit or nut wood with upholstered seats. We have a second identical set (different upholstery) to make a s...
Classic Dunbar Sofa by Edward Wormley in Charco...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Mohair, Nickel
Classic Dunbar sofa designed by Edward Wormley, circa 1950. Fully restored, newly upholstered in charcoal mohair over original nickel legs.
Dunbar Sideboard by Edward Wormley
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Grasscloth, Mahogany
Sideboard designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Original finish dark espresso case with grasscloth doors.
Dunbar Dresser by Edward Wormley with Brass and...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Rosewood
Dunbar double chest of drawers sideboard by Edward Wormely. Fully restored espresso tone case with brass and rosewood pulls.
Set of Four Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric, Cane, Oak
Set of four dining armchairs, model no. 5954 designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Stained oak frames retain original caned backs. Seats have been reupholstered in muslin and ready ...
Edward Wormley Janus Game Table with Leaves
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Brass, Walnut
Wormley for Dunbar custom Janus Game Table. The underside of the table has Watertown slides, Watertown, WI allowing the table to extend from the 55" octagonal shape to an extended...
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Sofa in Brazilian Cow...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Cowhide, Mahogany
Vintage Edward Wormley for Dunbar Model 5316 Sofa Restored in Brazilian Cowhide with Loro Piana Red Cashmere Welting A Calvin Klein western shirt inspired the look of this one-of-...

Edward Wormley Dining Table

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Dining Table
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Edward Wormley Expandable Dining Table #696, for Dunbar. Slightly oval top of figured walnut, with dark stained mahogany legs and two leaves. Retractable center leg for support when...
Edward Wormley Elegant Sofa with Mahogany Legs,...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Foam, Wood, Mahogany
Elegant sofa with four back pillows and conical mahogany legs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1950s.    
Edward Wormley Set of Six Dining Chairs with Br...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Brass, Upholstery, Foam, Mahogany
Set of six dining chairs in mahogany with brass handholds and sabots by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1950s. These chairs are rare and very elegant.
Pair of Two-Toned Modern Angular Nightstands by...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
Gorgeous pair of two-toned angular end tables or nightstands by Edward Wormley for Dunbar.
Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lo...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Walnut
Rare 4 ft version of long John bench Can be used as bench or coffee table Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar USA, circa 1950s. Walnut Measures: 11 ½” H x 48” W x ...

Edward Wormley Cabinet

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Cabinet
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Wood
Cabinet/server/buffet features eight drawers: two drawers with separators, one drawer the length of the cabinet and two doors revealing storage and holes for an adjustable shelf. Ed...
Dunbar Rosewood Cocktail Table by Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Rosewood
Dunbar rosewood cocktail table by Edward Wormley.
Dunbar Murano Glass Tile Top Coffee Table by Ed...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Murano Glass, Mahogany, Brass
The tiles make this a stunning piece only adding to classic styling of Wormley's design.  
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Credenza signed, US, ...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Aluminum, Wood
Elegant design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture Company, Berne Indiana. Perfectly refinished case with two top drawers and sliding woven front doors on metal legs. Fitted inter...
Credenza by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Maple, Walnut, Bronze, Pine
Beautiful Japanese-inspired sideboard or credenza designed by Edward Wormley, manufactured by Dunbar. Walnut cabinet features four sliding Japanese pine doors. Interior with two shel...
Brass Coffee Table with Glass Mosaic Top by Edw...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Murano Glass
A brass framed coffee table with Italian Murano glass mosaic top, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar in the 1950s. The mosaic top seems to glow with the luminescence that comes ...
Edward Wormley Mahogany Cabinet with Tambour Do...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Brass, Mahogany, Teak
Edward Wormley Mahogany Cabinet with Tambour Doors for Dunbar, circa 1950s. Dark Mahogany case with simulate natural rosewood on teak tambour doors and integral brass handles. Adjus...
Edward Wormley Elegant Sofa Day Bed with Walnut...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Daybeds
Fabric, Foam, Walnut
Elegant sofa daybed model no. 5334 with separated back and arm with walnut legs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American, 1953.
Edward Wormley Lounge and Ottoman
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Bronze, Leather, Rosewood
Wormley for Dunbar lounge chair and ottoman. Original leather, with bronze base and inlay rosewood details. Ottoman: D: 19 W: 24 H: 16.5.

Edward Wormley Sofa

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Sofa
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Linen, Mahogany
Wormley for Dunbar sofa, model 488, features arched back and angled wing arms. Seat cushions and pillows are down filled. signed deck [Dunbar] repeat This item is currently on vi...
1950s Dark Mahogany Pair of Side Tables by Edwa...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Mahogany
Side tables in mahogany by Edward Wormley, USA, 1956. Two side tables in mahogany. Each with square top with lower median shelf. Designed by famous American Edward Wormley. Manufa...
Rosewood Dining Table by Edward Wormley for Dun...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dining Room Tables
Edward Wormley dining table with beautiful rosewood top sitting on solid rosewood four-pronged leg base and chrome steel glides.
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rare pair of open armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Model #4869B, dark-stained walnut frame with upholstered seat and back. Sculptural form, open-arm design with swivel mechan...

Edward Wormley Desk Chair

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Desk Chair
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Brass, Leather, Walnut
Wormley for Dunbar executive desk chair, model 932: Ebony leather with solid oiled walnut base, brass wheels. Tilt swivel, adjustable height. Paper label underside [Dunbar Furnitur...

Edward Wormley Sofa

By Edward Wormley
Edward Wormley Sofa
Edward Wormley
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Sofas
Wormley design for Dunbar, great scale, solid cut-out wood legs, and has been reupholstered to the original pattern, a technique called Trapunto, Italian for "embroider," a method of...
Floating Demilune by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Wood
A wall-mounted floating shelf with pull-out drawer, model No. 4903. Finished with a birch burl veneer. In the last image, a larger version, Model No. 4905 is displayed on the left of...
Edward Wormley Seven-Drawer Dresser
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Mahogany, Rosewood
Wormley for Dunbar high-chest, No. 5273A mahogany veneer with curved vertical pulls running the length of each side, raised back reveal edge. Solid turned 7" rosewood legs. Gold pl...
Floating Demilune by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets
Wood
A wall-mounted floating shelf with pull-out drawer, model no. 4905. Finished with a birch burl veneer. In the last image, a smaller version, model no. 4903 is displayed on the right ...

Edward Wormley Sideboard

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Sideboard
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Leather, Walnut
Wormley for Dunbar four-door sideboard, model 671 A features sliding doors with Japanese fir panels. Leather wrapped pulls and plinth base. Curved pullout storage drawers, with adjus...
Set of Three Wormley X-Base Stools
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Leather, Mahogany
Wormley for Dunbar model 5002 benches, solid mahogany stretchers and tapered legs, reupholstered with Spinneybeck leather, tufted buttons.
Edward J. Wormley Flip Top Game Table for Dunbar
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables
Leather, Wood, Walnut
Mid Century Modern flip-top game table designed by Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar in the United States circa 1950’s. This table features a top that flips open to make a larger surface,...
Edward Wormley, Rare Small Desk, Dark Walnut on...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Brass, Walnut
A rare walnut desk by Edward Wormley with curved front and back. Three drawers with brass pulls. Mounted on a brass base. Manufactured by American manufacturer Dunbar in the 1950s. I...

Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs

By Dunbar Furniture
Edward Wormley Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Wormley for Dunbar pair of curved-back lounge chairs with solid walnut wood tapered legs with removable wheels. Retaining original floral pattern fabric. Measures: SH 16.50" with w...

Dunbar Lounge Chairs

By Dunbar Furniture
Dunbar Lounge Chairs
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Fabric, Mahogany
Wormley for Dunbar, lounge chairs, elegant scalloped arm supports, rolled arm rests, restored and reupholstered with Great Plains fabric.
Edward Wormley Triangle Cocktail Table in Carpa...
Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Burl
Triangular cocktail table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar with a Carpathian elm burl wood top and black lacquered legs with brass leg hardware, circa 1955. Newly refinished and in excel...
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