June 18, 2015

Before & After: Edward Wormley Dunbar Sofa

This is a great 'before & after'! Edward Wormley was an American modernist furniture designer. He was initially hired by Dunbar Furniture during the depression, when he had to drop out of design school due to lack of funds. He was immediately successful with Dunbar, and in 1944, Dunbar decided to focus solely on modern lines, and Wormley rose to the task by incorporating European & Scandinavian ingenuity.

He designed furniture that was elegant and understated, and had an eye for classical & historical design that he translated into a modern aesthetic.

We completely reupholstered & repaired this Dunbar sofa for a client recently, staying true to the original design right down to the preservation of the decking fabric with the Dunbar name embossed (sorry, no photo of that!). Here is the result:

There's a lot going on here! The tufted loose seat cushions and rolled arms give the style a sophisticated kick; while the smaller back cushions (which are not tufted, and smaller) make it a little more playful.

A little hidden surprise is the tufting along the inside back, once again stepping up the sophistication (that Edward!).

 It's a deep sofa, perfect for lounging in a media room watching the latest blockbuster on demand! Mix up a Mad Men era cocktail, and I think that's the recipe for a perfect night in!

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