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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.

Hvidt & Molgaard Nielsen for John Stuart 147 Teak Lounge Chairs - Pair
By Peter Hvidt
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of classic Mid 20th Century Danish Modern lounge chairs by Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard Nielsen for John Stuart. Teak frame, woven rattan back, curved arms, plastic encased metal...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Peter Hvidt

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Metal

Mid-Century 20-59 Dining Table by Peter Hvidt for France & Son, 1960s
By Peter Hvidt
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century 20-59 Dining Table by Peter Hvidt for France & Son, 1960s
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Hvidt

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Wood

Teak coffee table by Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard-Nielsen
By Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Peter Hvidt
Located in PARIS, FR
Minerva FD 515 Coffee Table by designers Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard-Nielsen for France & Son, 1960s. It features a round teak top and a woven rattan compartment held by brass fasten...
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Mid-20th Century Peter Hvidt

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Teak

Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Classic Danish 1950s Lounge Chair in Leather
By Peter Hvidt, Fritz Hansen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Charming and very elegant Classic Danish lounge chair by Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard for Fritz Hansen. Simple yet very refined design lines and very comfortable to sit in even for ...
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1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Hvidt

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Leather, Beech

Solid Teak Coffee Table by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen for France & Søn
By France & Søn, Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in San Diego, CA
We have 2 Solid Teak Coffee Tables available by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen for France & Søn. Both featuring brass accents and cane details on the bottom shelf. Features two ...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Peter Hvidt

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Brass

Danish Teak Coffee Table by Peter Hvidt &Orla Mølgaard for France and søn
By Peter Hvidt, France & Søn, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in Gaggenau, DE
Danish Teak Coffee Table by Peter Hvidt &Orla Mølgaard for France and søn , 1960s Design year: 1960s Made in Denmark by Peter Hvidt &Orla Mølgaard for France and søn Dimensions...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Hvidt

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Teak

Peter Hvidt Orla Molgaard Classic Danish 1950s Lounge Chair
By Peter Hvidt, Fritz Hansen
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Charming and very elegant Classic Danish lounge chair. The chair is signature stylestyle of Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard for Fritz Hansen. Simple yet very refined design lines and ...
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1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Peter Hvidt

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Mohair, Beech

Teak side table by Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard-Nielsen
By Peter Hvidt, Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Located in PARIS, FR
Table by designers Peter Hvidt & Orla Molgaard Nielsen for France & Søn, 1960s. It has two teak tops, one of which is asymmetrical. Ideal as a side table or occasional table at the c...
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Mid-20th Century Peter Hvidt

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Teak

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Peter Hvidt 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 Peter Hvidt furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Peter Hvidt were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Illum Wikkelsø, Grete Jalk, and Johannes Andersen. Prices for Peter Hvidt furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $664 and can go as high as $18,868, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,649.

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