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Hvidt & Mølgaard Furniture

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.

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Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen Series 300 Bookshelf
By Hvidt & Mølgaard
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Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen design series 300 bookshelf for Soborg Mobler, Denmark. High quality construction and materials with simple yet sophisticated details. Newly refin...
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Peter Hvidt & Orla Morgaard-Nielsen cabinet for Soborg Mobler, Denmark. High quality solid teak construction case with bentwood sliding doors and two adjustable shelves. Simple elega...
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Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard-Nielsen Teak Cabinets
By Hvidt & Mølgaard, Soborg Mobler
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Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen design cabinets for Soborg Mobler, Denmark. Rare pair of solid teak cabinets with adjustable interior shelves and attractive sliding doors. Origin...
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Peter Hvidt & Orla Moregaard design lounge chairs for France & Davorecksen, Denmark. These are from the Emmy and Golden Globe award winning televisi...
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Hvidt & Mølgaard furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Hvidt & Mølgaard furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Hvidt & Mølgaard furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 173 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 30 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Hvidt & Mølgaard were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Peter Hvidt, Hans Olsen, and J.L. Møllers Møbelfabrik. Prices for Hvidt & Mølgaard furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $425 and can go as high as $54,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,323.

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