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Designer Name: Edward Wormley
Born-Died: 1907 – 1995
Style: Edward Wormley is a master of modern furniture design. Preferring elegant and modern designs over heavy period pieces, he transformed the world of furniture into an understated yet chic innovative force.
Materials Used: Edward Wormley preferred lighter woods, leather and upholstery.
History: Edward Wormley showed his talent as a designer from an early age. He started his career in design with a correspondence course from New York School of Interior Design and completed this alongside his mainstream school education. He and his close friend Edward Crouse were heavily involved in theater together. After graduation, Edward Wormley enrolled in the Art Institute of Chicago, but he soon ran out of money and had to leave, which was probably the best thing to happen to him.
He eventually found work with an interior design company and although this did not last, it allowed him to practice his design and creativity. When he joined Dunbar Furniture Company as a furniture designer, his success was assured. By the 1940’s Edward Wormley had raised the status of Dunbar Furniture Company and left to open his own private company in 1945. Although he had left, they were retained as a major client and continued to produce successful pieces alongside his own remodelling contracts.
Pair of Mid-century modern Edward Wormley for Dunbar swivel chairs with beech frames, cane backs and polished brass trim.
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Mid-Century 1950s from Dunbar's Janus Collection by Edward Wormley.
A vintage extension dining table, produced by Dunbar, circa 1940s and designed by Edward Wormley (Model 4576), which includes drop-leaf sides and five leaves. At full length, this piece extends 126". This piece is in overall very good condition, consistent with age and use.
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