A good deal of furniture can be taken out of context and suddenly have nothing to say—Thankfully for us, Edward Wormley Furniture is astonishingly well-versed.
Dunbar Furniture, whom Wormley partnered with in 1931, famously took Edward Wormley pieces out of context by photographing them in outdoor settings like sandbars, sidewalks, and fields backed by rolling vistas. Delightfully tongue-in-cheek, these ads accurately conveyed the piece's go-anywhere aesthetic. Raised in Illinois, Wormley paid heed to tradition but never shied from embracing Modernistic principles like straight planes and curvilinear shapes. The result was furniture that had the capability to fluently jump between eras, tastes, and above all, styles.