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Peter Hvidt

Danish, 1916-1986

One half of the influential Danish furniture duo Hvidt and Mølgaard, architect and designer Peter Hvidt created shapely works in teak and rosewood that could be mass-produced and transported at a scale rarely seen before his time. Alongside his business partner, Aalborg-born designer Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, the pair crafted furniture which stands today as a masterclass in the combination of elegance and practicality that is typical of Scandinavian modernism.

Hvidt was born in Copenhagen in 1916. He studied architecture and cabinetry, and graduated from the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. Hvidt established his own design firm in 1940 and taught for three years at his former school, during which he designed the teak Portex chair — Denmark’s first stacking chair (this design has alternatively been attributed to Hvidt’s partnership with Mølgaard-Nielsen over the years).

The exceptional collaboration between Hvidt and Mølgaard-Nielsen took shape in 1944. A student of pioneering Danish modernist designer and architect Kaare Klint and fellow graduate of the School of Arts and Crafts, Mølgaard brought his technical prowess and eye for practical design to the partnership. Together, for more than three decades, Hvidt and Mølgaard would produce over 250 furniture designs, a legacy that included the iconic AX chair.

A masterpiece of technical expertise and innovative woodworking, the sculptural AX armchair was designed in collaboration with manufacturer Fritz Hansen during the late 1940s. It features double-curved laminated wood in the seat and back, 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. The AX went into production in 1950 and eventually gave way to a series that featured tables and other seating.

Hvidt’s proclivity for forward-looking design was typical of the venturesome furniture makers of the mid-century modern era. This extended to textures and materials, too — he believed that a tasteful combination of materials could add character and visual intrigue. With Mølgaard-Nielsen, Hvidt designed streamlined coffee tables, rosewood chairs upholstered with sumptuous black leather and teak side tables with cane shelves (teak was a sought-after material for designers at the time).

The duo’s work with celebrated manufacturers Fritz Hansen, France & Søn and Søborg Møbelfabrik has been a part of exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen’s Design Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Peter Hvidt seating, tables and case pieces.

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$3,697
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Midcentury Nesting Tables in Teak by Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard
By Peter Hvidt, John Stuart, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Set of 3 Danish Scandinavian nesting tables by Peter Hvidt Orla Molgaard for France & Daverkosen. Beautiful solid teak wood construction showing very little to no use. Having a wonde...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Peter Hvidt

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Teak

Danish Teak Drop Front Desk Peter Hvidt & Molgaard-Nielson John Stuart Modern
By Peter Hvidt
Located in Toledo, OH
Mid-Century Modern Danish teak drop front desk. Peter Hvidt & Molgaard-Nielson John Stuart. Dovetailed case. Original finish. 37" tall x 35.5" wide x 19" deep.
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20th Century Modern Peter Hvidt

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Teak

Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsen Teak Armchair
By Peter Hvidt, John Stuart Inc., Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in Garnerville, NY
Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen teak scoop armchair. Manufactured in Denmark by France and Daverkosen. Freshly upholstered fabric and cushion back and seat. John Stuart enamel ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Peter Hvidt

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Teak, Upholstery

Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen Armchairs Model 350 by Søborg Møbler
By Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare pair of armchairs model 350 designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen. Produced by Søborg Møbler in Denmark. Price listed is / item.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Peter Hvidt

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Cane, Rosewood, Teak

Pair of "Ax-chair" by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen, Denmark, 1950s
By Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Fritz Hansen
Located in Stockholm, SE
Very good condition. Produced by Fritz Hansen, 1950s. An example of this chair can be found at the Museum of Design in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Peter Hvidt

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Mahogany, Teak

FD 130 Armchair by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, 1960
By Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Peter Hvidt
Located in Barcelona, ES
Armchair model FD 130 designed in 1960 by danish designers Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for France & Daverkosen, Denmark. Early edition in hardwood with new upholstery in Kvad...
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1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Peter Hvidt

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Fabric, Hardwood

Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen Desk Model '310' in Solid Teak
By Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, desk model 310, solid teak, Denmark, 1950s. Stunning desk designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen. It truly holds the quintessenti...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Peter Hvidt

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Teak

Danish Coffee Table by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen, France Søn, 1960
By France & Søn, Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in Berlin, DE
Very beautiful coffee table designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen in teak wood and produced by France & Søn in the late 1960s. The table is in great condition with just li...
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20th Century Peter Hvidt

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Teak

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Peter Hvidt furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Peter Hvidt furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Peter Hvidt collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 136 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Peter Hvidt were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Hans Olsen, Kurt stervig and Grete Jalk if you’re looking for additional options. Peter Hvidt furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $775 and tops out at $25,875, while pieces like these can sell for on average $4,041.

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