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Edward Wormley for Dunbar Mahogany Slipper Chairs Lounge Chair Set, Restored

US$6,395per set
US$7,995per set20% Off


We purchased these Edward Wormley slipper chairs from the original estate and can say without hesitation that you won’t find a more pristine pair anywhere. The Florida waterfront home was a veritable living catalog for high end designer furniture. Please look close at our photos when comparing your options. These magnificent chairs have been redone in a mid-mod appropriate, red / black weave fabric that contrasts perfectly against the honey colored frames. Re-done by our in-house upholsterer with 30 years of experience. All new padding on both seats and backs. The tufting pattern perfectly matches the original layout. A touch of Far East inspired design synergizes harmoniously with modern elegance. Scandinavian lines with the quality and craftsmanship from one of the most lauded Mid-Century Modern furniture makers. Sculpted form and graceful curves from top to bottom. The subtle Eastern inspiration adds just enough flair without crossing over to full on Asian-Modern. Subtlety is the clear philosophy here. Just like a Hollywood starlet, these slipper chairs have a gorgeous profile. Every time we walk past these creations, we notice something new. There isn't a single straight line anywhere on these chairs. Every inch is the result of design intervention. The mahogany bases look outstanding and have also been masterfully and subtly restored. The key to any restoration is making improvements without making it look as though anything has been done. This set now looks like a museum installation but yet our price is in-step with similar offerings in lower grade conditions.


  • Creator
    Dunbar Furniture (Maker),Edward Wormley (Designer)
  • Similar to
    T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Fully restored. New red/black tweed wool fabric. New foam over original tied spring interiors. Frames have been touched up to mitigate imperfections, but have otherwise been left in original condition.
  • Seller Location
    Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2255315587652

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About the Designer

Edward Wormley

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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Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
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