October 16, 2009
Dunbar: Finding Inspiration in 1950s Design
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
1 Part catalog, part ode to Dunbar - this book is a comprehensive look at the revered American furniture company and the designer behind it, Edward Wormley.
2 Edward Wormley began designing furniture for Dunbar at the age of 23! He brought a fresh outlook and passion for detail to the company, which has stuck ever since.
3 I have been looking for a small bench or sitting stool to place in the entryway to my apartment.
4 A bench like this is perfect for sitting down and removing my shoes at the door. The height and width are very well suited to the narrow hallway.
5 This sofa recently made a debut in the third season of AMC's Mad Men - the set decorator had it upholstered in apricot Silk Dupioni.
6 This coffee table is similar to one that Alexis recently gave to me.
7 Here it is, polished and ready to be moved into my apartment. The top is white glass and the legs are metal.
8 Here's another view of a similar design, except their piece has a shelf underneath. I would probably display my favorite Taschen book there, Walton Ford's "Pancha Tantra."
9 This curved sofa is an endless source of inspiration to me. I love the shape of it, but I would probably have it reupholstered without buttons to made it a bit more sleek.
10 I really like the long bench against the glass wall, and especially the way it functions as a place to arrange plants. Similarly, I have placed a long upholstered bench that Alexis gave me next to the wall of windows in my apartment.
11 My dining table at home is a loose interpretation of this Dunbar design. Mine has a thicker top and concave legs.
12 Another view.
13 I'm also thinking about putting up consoles in the living and dining rooms of my apartment. This particular piece is lovely and I love how it is mounted on the wall.
"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 Wormley
While I love many styles, I most identify with design that is modern and utilitarian. For this reason, I have always been drawn to the period of 1950s design, particularly Edward Wormley's pieces for Dunbar Furniture. Sleek, uncluttered and clean, Wormley's designs for the famous American furniture company fit seamlessly into any setting. In searching for new pieces to furnish my apartment with, I have found great inspiration in old Dunbar catalogs as well as new design companies such as bludot and CB2.
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