During the interwar and postwar years, Edward Wormley (1907-1995) designed furniture for the Indiana-based company DUNBAR. His language merged traditional materials with the new language that the modern movement introduced to the arena of furniture design. Wormley’s vocabulary was stylish, graceful, elegant, embracing soft silhouettes and created in the type of craftsmanship, which was familiar to every American living during these decades. His vision was a perfect fit for DUNBAR, which produced all of its pieces by hand. Wormley began working for DUNBAR in 1931, and through an aggressive and powerful advertising campaign, became known all over the country. I particularly love the pieces where he incorporated glass tiles by Tiffany Studios (like the example above) and ceramic plaques, and the scale of his sofas. His furniture has a strong presence in the American marketplace and it is relatively inexpensive, but to really understand how to collect Wormley’s pieces, I invited Larry Weinberg to share his expertise in the spring edition of the program Collecting Design at the New York School of Interior Design. Registration will be open at the end of January.
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