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1950s Mid-Century Modern Edward Wormley Magazine Table

Documentation Documented elsewhere (exact item)
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Walnut, Walnut Sapwood, Mahogany, Brass
Dimensions
W. 25 in; H. 22 in; D. 25.5 in;
W. 63.5 cm; H. 55.88 cm; D. 64.77 cm;
Condition Good. Excellent vintage condition. May show slight signs of previous use.
Description A beautiful, two-tone 5313 magazine table designed by Edward J Wormley for DUNBAR in 1953. It features a darkly stained walnut frame and a triangular tabletop with rounded corners of variegated, walnut sapwood. The underpart incorporates two mahogany bentwood magazine racks secured with brass hardware. The finish has been professionally restored. Frankly glorious.

EDWARD J WORMLEY was born in Oswego, IL, a small farming community west of Chicago. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1920s and took his first job with the design studio at Marshall Field's department store. He was recruited by Dunbar Furniture of Berne, IN, in 1931 and soon rose to become its Director of Design. His work was a great hit from the start, and in 1944 DUNBAR was inspired to abandon the manufacture of historical reproductions and focus strictly on Modern lines. A devotee of meticulous craftsmanship, Wormley would create some of the most memorable pieces of the mid-20th century—elegant, understated, and exceptionally well-made. Never truly at the forefront of Modernism, Wormley combined multiple elements of classical, historical design and translated them into an American vernacular, incorporating many European innovations. His tenure with DUNBAR is considered one of the most historically meaningful partnerships between designer and manufacturer. He retired from DUNBAR in the late 1960s.

Modernism means freedom—freedom to mix, to choose, to change, to embrace the new but to hold fast to what is good. – EDWARD J WORMLEY
Styles / Movements Hollywood Regency, Mid Century, Modern
Dealer Reference Number b#90008
Incollect Reference Number 465861
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