This season, Baker brings back a midcentury-modern master.
Gabrielle lounge chair in Baker fabric, $2,304, by Edward Wormley for Dunbar at bakerfurniture.com.
Sit on this: At 23 years old, wide-eyed art student Edward Wormley left rural Illinois for Paris. It was 1930 and cafe society was coming to a close, but the stars aligned and Wormley connected with iconic architect Le Corbusier and art deco designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Enlightened, upon his return, Wormley transformed Indiana-based Dunbar into the top modern furniture brand in the United States. His futuristic pieces, which drew inspiration from the dramatically original work of European designers such as Jean-Michel Frank in Paris and Richard Riemerschmid in Munich, pushed Americans away from the familiar. Since Wormley’s retirement in 1968, discerning vintage dealers and institutions like MoMA in New York City have collected his work. This year, Baker furniture celebrates the talent’s everlasting modernity by reissuing 20 of his pieces. “It’s an honor,” says Baker president Russell Towner. “This remarkable designer is an icon waiting to be rediscovered and celebrated.”