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Edward Wormley for Dunbar 'Janus' Sofa in Beige Upholstery

Sale price$23,500.00

Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Janus sofa, model '6392', fabric, stained wood, United States, design 1957

Conceived in 1957, the Janus sofa is an iconic design by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. It exemplifies Wormley's talent for creating modern pieces that honor historical design. The Janus Collection, introduced in 1957, was aptly named after the Roman god of gates, Janus, who looks both to the past and the future. This modern collection comprised nearly seventy pieces and reflected Wormley's historicist inclinations, drawing inspiration from California architects Greene and Greene and other Arts and Crafts influences. The Janus sofa features a sleek, modern shape with rounded contours that add a soothing element to the design. Its refined, open-frame understructure lends an airy quality, making the sofa appear less bulky and more inviting. Despite its delicate appearance, the structure is robust and built to last. The sofa's curved shape fosters intimacy and conversation, allowing people to sit partially facing each other.

Edward Wormley (1907–1995), was born in rural Illinois, United States. As a young man, he was passionate about design and enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1926, but left due to financial issues and began working for an interior design company. He later joined the Dunbar Furniture Company in Indiana, where he served as director of design for almost 40 years. Following World War Two, he became an independent design consultant. Wormley passed away in 1995, but his legacy of creating elegant and high-quality furniture lives on. He was a master in combining classical 20th century design with modern innovations.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Dunbar Furniture (Manufacturer) Edward Wormley (Designer)
  • date of manufacture 1950s/60s
  • dimensions Height 31.11 in. Width 101.19 in. Depth 46.07 in. Seat Height 16.15 in.
  • dimensions Height 79 cm Width 257 cm Depth 117 cm Seat Height 41 cm
  • material Fabric Wood
  • origin United States
  • period 1950-1959
  • style Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • barcode 50115304