Mid Century Edward Wormley Dunbar Walnut Showcase Curio Display Cabinet Bookcase



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This impressive showcase / room divider was a Custom order designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Features a rectangular walnut case raised over large silver tapered metal legs The case features three sliding doors along each side allowing for ease of access and two long glass shelves with a polished edge. Geat for use as a vitrine, display of collectibles or even used along the wall as a buffet / credenza for china storage. Makers Tag from Dunbar along underside, no 4151, finished in amber.

Edward Wormley 1907–1995

Born in rural Illinois in 1907, Edward Wormley’s interest in design originated early in life and led him to later study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Due to financial reasons, Wormley dropped out after 2 years and began his first job in an interior design studio before joining the Indiana-based Dunbar Furniture Company where he served as director of design for nearly 40 years.

Following World War II, Wormley became an independent consultant branching out to design textiles, globe stands, and showrooms. He designed award winning collections for Drexel Furniture Company and was included in the Good Design shows of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Characteristic of his design elements were functional engineering, decorative laminated plywood, and unconventional upholstery.

Wormley characteristically honored aesthetic qualities, following influences of Scandinavian modernism, while maintaining utilitarian qualities and “designing for the needs” of others. His work is timeless and of the highest quality. Wormley died in 1995, but his legacy is celebrated in collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Montreal.


Good Condition; some age and use related wear. Distressing and marking to case. A few small pieces of veneer missing. Chips to glass.


18" x 53" x 38"h