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Hvidt & Mølgaard

Warm, exceptionally versatile and crafted with a range of appealing materials, vintage Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen furniture showcases the Danish duo’s penchant for innovation and durable design. For decades, the pair created sleek coffee tables, seductive lounge chairs and other pieces that are characterized by the practicality and elegance commonly attributed to Scandinavian modernism.

Both Hvidt and Mølgaard-Nielsen attended what is now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, with Mølgaard-Nielsen having completed his studies under the Danish furniture design pioneer and architect Kaare Klint. Trained as an architect and cabinetmaker, Hvidt established his own firm in 1940 and taught at his alma mater for a few years. After they won a design competition held in Stockholm, Hvidt partnered with Mølgaard-Nielsen in 1944 to establish their firm in Copenhagen.

The collaboration between Hvidt and Mølgaard-Nielsen yielded more than 250 designs and lasted over 30 years. Aside from having created a wardrobe for the Queen of Denmark as well as numerous architectural structures, the pair’s flagship achievements include 1944’s teak Portex chair, which is Denmark’s first-ever stacking chair (and is occasionally attributed to Hvidt alone), and the AX chair.

A masterpiece of technical expertise and innovative woodworking, the sculptural AX armchair shares commonalities with the work of legendary Finnish designer Alvar Aalto — whose output included similarly curvaceous seating such as the Paimio armchair, often designed in partnership with his wife, Aino. It features double-curved laminated wood in the seat and back — which could be mass-produced — and is an early example of knock-down furniture. This meant that it could be easily dismantled and assembled at its destination, which rendered the chair economical for transport on cargo ships and therefore could reach a worldwide audience.

While vintage Hvidt & Mølgaard furniture isn’t as popular as the work of Finn Juhl, a like-minded Danish modernist who helped popularize Scandinavian design in America as well as the use of teak in furniture, the innovative AX chair is similarly as expressive and inviting as Juhl’s seating. The AX was designed in collaboration with manufacturer Fritz Hansen during the late 1940s and went into production in 1950. It gave way to a series that includes tables and other types of seating.

Hvidt and Mølgaard-Nielsen collaborated regularly with Fritz Hansen, France & Søn and Søborg Møbelfabrik. Their work can be found in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen’s Design Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

Find vintage Hvidt & Mølgaard dining tables, coffee tables, modular sofas, storage cabinets and more on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$4,780
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Danish Chair Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen for Soborg Mobelfabrik 317
By Hvidt & Mølgaard
Located in Stow on the Wold, GB
Original Danish chair designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsen for Soborg Mobelfabrik, Denmark. Model Number 317. Originally designed in 1956, this is an early edition. Made...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Hvidt & Mølgaard

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Papercord, Teak

Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen Dining Table by France & Son in Denmark
By Hvidt & Mølgaard
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare drop-leaf dining / console table designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen. Produced by France & Son in Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hvidt & Mølgaard

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Brass

Peter Hvidt 1940s Boucle Armchair for Fritz Hansen
By Hvidt & Mølgaard, Fritz Hansen
Located in London, GB
Peter Hvidt Model 1748 Lounge Chair, circa 1940s This elegant low-back lounge chair was produced by Fritz Hansen in Denmark in the late 1940s by master-designer Peter Hvidt. The be...
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1940s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hvidt & Mølgaard

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Bouclé, Beech

  • Peter Hvidt 1940s Boucle Armchair for Fritz Hansen
  • Peter Hvidt 1940s Boucle Armchair for Fritz Hansen
  • Peter Hvidt 1940s Boucle Armchair for Fritz Hansen
  • Peter Hvidt 1940s Boucle Armchair for Fritz Hansen
H 29.53 in. W 26.78 in. D 30.32 in.
Pinwheel HM7, Oiled Walnut & Brass by Hvidt & Mølgaard for &tradition
By Hvidt & Mølgaard
Located in Lebanon, LB
Slim and shapely, Hvidt & Mølgaard’s Pinwheel table from 1953 is a multipurpose piece. Designed to be adaptable, it boasts a series of smaller tables that can be slotted together t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Hvidt & Mølgaard

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Walnut

Timeless Oiled Walnut Drawn HM3 Chair, by Hvidt & Mølgaard for &Tradition
By Hvidt & Mølgaard
Located in Lebanon, LB
The 1956 Drawn chair by Hvidt & Mølgaard stands out as a definitive piece of Danish design. Relying upon traditional craftsmanship techniques and built out of organic materials, it ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Hvidt & Mølgaard

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Papercord, Walnut

Hvidt & Mølgaard Nielsen for Søborg Møbelfabrik Cabinets in Teak
By Hvidt & Mølgaard
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for Søborg Møbelfabrik, cabinet, teak, Denmark, 1950s. Unique formation of conforming cabinets executed in solid teak designed by the Danish de...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Hvidt & Mølgaard

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Teak

Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen Teak and Cane Coffee Table
By France & Daverkosen, Hvidt & Mølgaard
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Model FD516 coffee table designed in 1956 by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen for France and Daverkosen. Composed of a solid teak top / legs with a lower cane rack / shelf suspe...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hvidt & Mølgaard

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Brass

1950s Mølgaard & Hvidt AX Coffee Table Teak and Beech for Fritz Hansen, Denmark
By Hvidt & Mølgaard, Fritz Hansen
Located in Aarhus C, DK
Vintage AX coffee table by the Danish architects Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard. The table is made in the 1950s of teak with inlaid beech wood and remains in very nice vintage condit...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Hvidt & Mølgaard

Materials

Beech, Teak

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Hvidt & Mølgaard furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Hvidt & Mølgaard furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Hvidt & Mølgaard collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 127 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 6 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Hvidt & Mølgaard were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Scandinavian modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Johannes Andersen, Illum Wikkels and France & Søn. Prices for Hvidt & Mølgaard furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $449 and tops out at $39,000, while pieces like these can sell for $5,200 on average.

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