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Wormley

Postby davidheim1 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:54 pm

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Recently found some good images of this rolltop desk, designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture in the mid-1950s. The original is made of mahogany and rosewood. It's an iconic piece of midcentury modern furniture, with some oddities: Brass L-brackets support the drawers; I can imagine the drawers falling off their tracks. The legs and lower stretchers look too spindly to my eye, and I have a hunch the drawers and writing surface are cantilevered too much, making the desk prone to tipping over. Unless, of course, Wormley hid some ballast under the rolltop tambours.
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Postby pilou » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:08 pm

Cosy! :enlight:
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Re: Wormley

Postby davidheim1 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:22 pm

Thank you, sir.
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Re: Wormley

Postby tuna1957 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:39 am

very nice :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: Wormley

Postby davidheim1 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:47 pm

Thanks, tuna.
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Postby tuna1957 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:46 am

O.K. David, got looking at your great model again and I got a question. Where the heck does the track for the tambours run? Got looking and the length of the tambours is greater than the height of the back. Do they circle around and under the drawers in a hidden space? Just got to wondering......
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Re: Wormley

Postby davidheim1 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:15 am

I wish I could answer your question, tuna, but I haven't a clue about where the tambour goes. For all I know, it just drops behind the drawers. I fudged the model and only showed the visible part of the tambour.
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Re: Wormley

Postby Dave R » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:51 pm

Nice work, David.

I've looked at photos of that desk with the idea that I might model it but haven't done it. You beat me to it.

From photos I've been able to find of the desk, I don't believe the tambour slides in under the drawer below the desktop. It looks to me as if the tambour would be too wide for that and the back leg would be in the way. I suspect it rolls up behind the drawers at the back of the tambour section. The end slat on the tambour only needs to close the gap at the back when the tambour is pulled forward so I expect there'd be room for it rolled up.
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Re: Wormley

Postby davidheim1 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:52 am

Thank you, Dave. Let me see what I can learn about the tambours.
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Re: Wormley

Postby davidheim1 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:34 pm

According to the company selling a Wormley desk on 1stdibs.com, the tambours slide down inside the base, behind the drawers. And when fully opened, there's still about 6 inches of tambour showing.
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Re: Wormley

Postby Dave R » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:41 pm

Interesting. So they don't go back quite as far as I thought. Thanks for doing the research.
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