If there were any doubt about the revolutionary impact the mid century modernists had on design, in July 1961, Playboy (yes the booby magazine) published an article called “The Mid Century Modern Designers” and in doing so also created one of the most iconic images of our time. On the photo from left to right are George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom.
Edward J Wormley was an American designer of modern furniture. After his funding to study interior dealing at the Art institute of Chicago ran out in 1926, Edward joined Dunbar furniture company.
Durban wanted to upgrade their product line and introduce more modern styles and Edward excelled.
This place Wormley at the commercial end of design rather than on the forefront of design, but his eye for quality and the exacting craftsmanship at Dunbar made for furniture that was elegant, understated and exceptionally wel-made. The convergence of styles made his furniture very desirable and still today remain sought after collectibles.