1916-19861907-1993

Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen

Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen were partners in a design and architecture firm which they founded in 1944. The company was a pioneering force in Danish furniture design and industrialised production in the 1950s, creating furniture that was easy to mass-produce and economic to transport. They were part of the movement aiming to supply quality design to not only the privileged and more well-off, but to all people. They also created large architectural projects, designing factories and office buildings. They were renown for precise, light and clear designs which were clinically executed. During their careers they designed over 256 pieces of furniture together. Their work can be found at New York’s MoMA, the National Gallery in Melbourne, and the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen. The designed for famous production houses such as Fritz Hansen, France & Son, and Søborg Møbelfabrik. Their firm ‘Hvidt & Mølgaard ‘ was co-run by the pair until 1975 when the pair retired. Their approach to design and production helped shape their era’s approach to design. Their designs are Scandinavian classics and pieces such as their storage units, day beds, and tables that are highly sought after collectors pieces.

The Ax Chair

In 1950 the pair designed the AX Chair,  an icon of Danish mid-century design. The AX put Hvidt & Mølgaard on the map as industrial designers. The chair was first presented as part of the 1951 “Good Design” show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. It was a hit. Inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames the AX chair was the first Danish chair to use double curved laminated wood in the seat and back. The subtle symmetrical curves are key to both the pleasing aesthetics and comfort of the piece. The chair’s design allowed for mass production and easy packaging, opening a successful market for Danish furniture to be exported around the world.

 

The Minerva | Minerva Day Bed

The sofa and daybed ‘Minerva’ is a true midcentury Classic by the design duo.It was first designed in 1954 and named after the goddess of wisdom for the design house France and Son. The daybed is one of the most popular in Danish modern history. True to Hvid and Mølgaard style the main theme with this piece is functionality. The daybed can be used in several ways, simply as a sofa, or without the backrest as a daybed. It was produced in teak, metal and leather or fabric.


Model 523 | Pinwhell Tables

Hvid and Mølgaard ‘Pinwheel’ side table is a beautiful and versatile design. The segmented design means the table can be arranged in a variety of layouts. The slim brass plated legs are cleverly placed so the pieces can also be stacked as nesting tables. They were produced by France and Son in solid teak  in the 1950’s. The quality and clever design are testament to the precise clear design language of Hvid and Mølgaard.

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