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Edward Wormley

American furniture designer Edward Wormley became the Art Director of DUNBAR in 1931 and would remain in that position for more than 30 years. His mid-century modern designs combine a unique mix of modernism and tradition; the high quality of the materials he used as well as fine craftsmanship earned him a strong following among diverse collectors. Wormley trained at the School of Art Institute in Chicago. He embraced the belief that modernism offered the freedom to mix new and historical elements to create functional yet still aesthetically pleasing designs. Among his mid-century modern furniture are coffee tables, slipper chairs, lounge chairs, ottomans, desks, free-standing cabinets, low tables, chests of drawers, high-back armchairs, nesting tables, end tables, sideboards, settees, sofas, corner tables, club chairs, dining chairs, cocktail tables, benches, extendable tables, floor lamps, mirrors, and more. He crafted wooden items using mahogany, rosewood, and walnut, sometimes combining wood with unexpected materials such as cork, leather, Murano glass or marble. In upholstered furniture, Wormley showed a preference for fabrics such as velvet, calfskin, chenille, wool twill, and others. Wormley was recognized for his elegant neutral palettes, but equally comfortable working in color and pattern. Clean lines, pioneering designs, and use of the highest quality materials have earned Edward Wormley status as one of the icons of modernism, along with numerous awards. He is well known for his Long John Coffee Table, a sleek rectangular wooden coffee table, and his Tête-à-Tête sofa, an upholstered chaise style sofa with two corners opposite one another.