Edward J. Wormley (1907-1995)
was born in Illinois and studied
at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1926 to 1927. He began as the first director of design at the Dunbar Furniture Company
in 1931 and was their exclusive designer from 1947 until he retired in 1968. His other designs and clients included carpets for Alexander Smith and Sons, furniture for Drexel, cabinets for RCA, lamps for Lightolier, textiles for Schiffer Prints and glass for
In 1951 and 1952, he won Good Design Awards for six designs at the Museum of Modern Art; he was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Decorators in 1960 and he exhibited at the Milan Triennale in 1964.
Edward Wormley was a versatile and prolific designer of furniture responsible for an average of 100 designs annually for Dunbar furniture Company, first in traditional and then exclusively in modern styles. Among his designs are the Riemerschmid armchair circa 1946, the “Listen to me” chaise in 1947 and the 150 piece Dunbar Janus line in 1957.