The late American designer Edward Wormley isn’t a household name, but his midcentury modern creations are in demand all over the world. Wormley studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later joined Marshall Field and Company as an interior designer. When he began working for the Dunbar Furniture Company, his career took off, especially after he created his spare, elegant coffee tables. Wormley coffee tables work in a traditional or modern setting; the lines are simple and direct and the scale makes them suitable for an apartment or non-McMansion-size room. An original table, desk or console in excellent condition starts at about $2,000. Collectors today also prize Wormley’s desks, consoles (floating or on metal legs), chairs and coffee tables. He worked in walnut, rosewood, Japanese pine, cork and laminate and ingeniously paired rich woods with industrial metals, forecasting the current “rustic chic” look.