Edward Wormley Set of Four Dining Chairs for Mobilier Universel
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Set of four armchairs, lacquered black wood and fabric, design by Edward Wormely for Dunbar executed by Mobilier Universel, Jules Wabbes, Belgium, 1960s.
This set of four grand armchairs is executed with a rare black lacquered frame and soft striped grey upholstery. The design is very simplistic, sturdy and angular giving these chairs a certain graphic appearance. The seat of the chair appears to be unusually high compared to the low backrest, yet this design is very comfortable and in fact designed for its intended purpose: dining. Mobilier Universel had the sole right to produce furniture for Dunbar. Jules Wabbes, at that time still very much involved with Mobilier Universel picked the desired models models for manufacturing which Edward Wormley designed. Between 1931 en 1968 Wormley drew about 150 models per year. Wabbes and Wormley had a lot in common, they were both inventors who did not see furniture as sculpture but as an object with a certain function that belonged to a greater whole. In his interior design projects, Wormley thought about the desires and comfort of its users and the constructive and storage facilities alike. Yet the visual function was perhaps still the most prominent. Together with Wabbes they shared a common interest in aesthetics as they were both collectors. The designs that Wabbes choose from Wormley's collections were those that featured a simplistic, clean lined that would prove the be timeless. This set of chairs belongs to that line of furniture.
Edward Wormley (1907-1995) is known for his high-quality and elegant furniture. He was a master in blending classical elements of 20th century design with modern innovation.
Wabbes-Ferran, Marie. Jules Wabbes. 1919-1974. Binnenhuisarchitect. Doornik: La Renaissance Du Livre, 2002, p. 91.