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Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

American, 1907-1995
American, 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 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.

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Edward Wormley Lounge and Ottoman
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Wormley for Dunbar lounge chair and ottoman. Original leather, with bronze base and inlay rosewood details. Ottoman: D: 19 W: 24 H: 16.5.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Bronze

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Daybed/ Chaise
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A large daybed or chaise designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Loose tufted cushion with a custom accent pillow. Supported by four solid brass legs. Would work well in a variety ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Brass

Rare Dunbar Gray Leather Sofa Chaise, Expertly Reupholstered
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
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.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Leather, Mahogany

Dunbar Tête-à-Tête Sofa by Edward Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful new upholstery in a plush velvet. Hard to find and rarely available, a 1950s Dunbar tete-a-tete sofa. Mahogany legs, brass caps.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Edward Wormley Chaise Lounge
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Upholstery, Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Laminated Rocking Chaise Prototype
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Leather, Cane, Oak

1940s Rocking Chaise Lounge by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An adjustable rocking chaise with caned seat and back with bent ash frame and a cushion upholstered in grey savak with natural leather welting.  
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Wool, Cane, Ash

Edward Wormley Rocking Chaise Lounge for Dunbar, circa 1955
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Edward Wormley rocking chaise lounge for Dunbar, circa 1955. Professionally restored and upholstered in Maharam Mohair.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Mohair, Cane, Oak

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Chaise Longue Sofa
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar chaise longue sofa.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Upholstery

1950s "Listen-To-Me" Chaise by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An elegant chaise lounge with an undulating cushion in vintage upholstery with a cherry and maple base and solid brass supports. Model: 4873.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Brass

Dunbar Left Arm Sofa Model 5525 by Edward Wormley, New Charcoal Upholstery
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Left arm sofa / chaise longues / lounge designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, 1950s. Expertly restored and upholstered in a charcoal fabric with ebonized mahogany frame.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Edward Wormley Chaise Longues

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Upholstery, Mahogany

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Edward Wormley Chaise Longues for sale on 1stDibs.

Edward Wormley Chaise Longues are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Edward Wormley Chaise Longues, there are many options, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 11 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Edward Wormley's original chest longues were created in the mid-century modern style in North America during the 20th century. Many customers also consider Chaise Longues by Knoll Chaise Longues, Dunbar Chaise Longues and Charles and Ray Eames Chaise Longues when they are looking for additional options. The prices for Edward Wormley Chaise Longues can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $8,500 and tops out at $38,000. Pieces like these can sell for $15,000 on average.