Edward Wormley for Drexel Barrel Back Armchair

A Mid-Century Modern armchair designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel. This chair was from the Drexel’s Precedent collection and Wormley’s first work for a company other than Dunbar. Chair features a Naugahyde corded design and is newly upholstered in white leather. Though not exactly a household name like his contemporaries- Knoll, Saarinen, and Eames- Edward J Wormley (1907-1995) pioneered his own understated modern style that proved no less innovative or influential than the celebrated work of his peers. As one of the most significant style setters of the mid-20th century, Wormley created an accessible modernism by incorporating both modern and traditional design elements. Embracing the interplay between classical and contemporary, he successfully sold modernism to the masses, changing the American interior and fostering a new aesthetic for the modern age. Wormley’s furniture was included in five MoMA exhibits between 1946 and 1952. Not only was Wormley’s work part of MoMA’s Good Design collection, but his designs were also exhibited in 100 Useful Objects of Fine Design (available under $100) and Design Trends in Unit Furniture, fabric, and tableware.
23”w x 24”d x 30”h x 18.5″sh