Edward Wormley Set of Sixteen Dining Chairs for Mobilier Universel
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Edward Wormley for Dunbar executed by Mobilier Universel, set of 16 armchairs, lacquered black wood and leather, Jules Wabbes, Belgium, 1960s.
This set of sixteen grand armchairs is executed with a rare black lacquered frame and a brown/red colored leather 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 for manufacturing which Edward Wormley designed. The designs that Wabbes choose from Wormley's collections were those that featured a simplistic, clean lined that would prove to be timeless. This set of chairs belongs to that line of furniture.
Wabbes-Ferran, Marie. Jules Wabbes, 1919-1974. Binnenhuis architect. Doornik: La Renaissance Du Livre, 2002, p. 91.