December 11, 2018

20 Edward J. Wormley Designs for Dunbar Available Through Baker

Photography courtesy of Dunbar.

“Modernism means freedom…to embrace the new but to hold fast to what is good.” More than 20 years after Edward J. Wormley’s death, his words resound with newfound poignancy as Baker revisits the designer’s prolific portfolio. The 20-strong series reproduces furnishings from Wormley’s four-decade tenure as design chief at Dunbar, where the Illinois native conceived up to 150 pieces a year. Silhouettes range from updated traditional, such as the sheltering embrace of the wraparound Oasis sofa, to archetypical midcentury, confidently demonstrated by the Knowland right-arm sofa. The versatile Austen chair is clean-lined and refined, with floating upholstery flanked by the arched frame. There are also case goods and occasional pieces, such as the sprightly Golightly stand. Walnut, cherry, and maple figure prominently in the assortment, with detailing in brass, aluminum, and stainless steel. Through Baker.

Photography courtesy of Dunbar.
Oasis by Dunbar. Photography courtesy of Dunbar.
Knowland by Dunbar. Photography courtesy of Dunbar.
Austen by Dunbar. Photography courtesy of Dunbar.
Golightly by Dunbar. Photography courtesy of Dunbar.

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