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.

Auction Results Edward Wormley

EDWARD WORMLEY, Modern Morris Chair | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Modern Morris Chair
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,792

EDWARD WORMLEY, lounge chairs model 7211, pair | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

lounge chairs model 7211, pair
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,500

EDWARD WORMLEY, sofa, model 5125 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

sofa, model 5125
estimate: $3,000–5,000

EDWARD WORMLEY, sofa, model 6133 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

sofa, model 6133
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $6,400

EDWARD WORMLEY, Long John coffee table, model 4699 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Long John coffee table, model 4699
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $1,250

EDWARD WORMLEY, sofa | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

sofa
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,000

EDWARD WORMLEY, sofa, model 495 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

sofa, model 495
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875

EDWARD WORMLEY, custom drop-front table, model 6338 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

custom drop-front table, model 6338
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,225

EDWARD WORMLEY, dining chairs, set of eight | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

dining chairs, set of eight
estimate: $7,000–9,000

EDWARD WORMLEY, lounge chairs model 5000, pair | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

lounge chairs model 5000, pair
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $625

EDWARD WORMLEY, lounge chairs model 5000, pair and side table | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

lounge chairs model 5000, pair and side table
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $1,105

EDWARD WORMLEY, lounge chair, model 5124 and ottoman | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

lounge chair, model 5124 and ottoman
estimate: $2,000–3,000

EDWARD WORMLEY, cabinet, model 4579 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

cabinet, model 4579
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $8,125

EDWARD WORMLEY, lounge chairs model 5609, set of two | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

lounge chairs model 5609, set of two
estimate: $800–1,000
result: $260

EDWARD WORMLEY, Shell console, model 3050 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Shell console, model 3050
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $4,688

EDWARD WORMLEY, coffee table, model 5219 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

coffee table, model 5219
estimate: $600–800
result: $1,500

EDWARD WORMLEY, Cosmopolitan Globe | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Cosmopolitan Globe
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,000

EDWARD WORMLEY, Riemerschmid chairs model 4797, pair | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Riemerschmid chairs model 4797, pair
estimate: $1,200–1,600
result: $1,500

EDWARD WORMLEY, chest of drawers, set of two | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

chest of drawers, set of two
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $2,860

EDWARD WORMLEY, Janus occasional table, model 6047 | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Janus occasional table, model 6047
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $18,750

EDWARD WORMLEY, sofa, model 4907R | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

sofa, model 4907R
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $7,500

EDWARD WORMLEY, Cabinet (model 5666) | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Cabinet (model 5666)
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $1,750

EDWARD WORMLEY, Cabinet (model 5666) | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Cabinet (model 5666)
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $1,750

EDWARD WORMLEY, Sofa (model 5407) | ragoarts.com

Edward Wormley

Sofa (model 5407)
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $4,375