EDWARD WORMLEY SOFA 5485 FOR DUNBAR
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Pretty in pink! A rare model 5485 tuxedo style sofa with dramatically flared arms and an upholstered sled base in plush, powder pink velvet designed by Edward Wormley for the DUNBAR Furniture Company in 1954. It has been completely stripped and fully restored with down-filled cushions for extra chic and snuggly comfort!
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 1920's 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 1960's.
Furniture is needed for practical reasons, and because it must be there, it may as well be as pleasant as possible to look at, and in a less definable psychological way, comforting to the spirit. – EDWARD J WORMLEY
Design Year – 1954
Country of Origin – USA
Designer – EDWARD J WORMLEY (1907-1995)
Maker – DUNBAR
Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)
Height (in.) – 32.0
Seat Height (in.) – 18.0
Width (in.) – 96.0
Depth (in.) – 32.0