Peter Hvidt made Danish furniture accessible to the rest of the world, through his pioneering use of lamination.
This technology was formerly used in tennis raquet production. His designs could be mass produced and dismantled for exportation, successfully opening up Denmark as a leading source of modern design.
Born in Copenhagen in 1916, Peter Hvidt trained as an architect and cabinet maker at the School of Arts and Crafts. Shortly after setting up his design office with Orla Molgaard-Nielsen in 1944, the duo designed the 'Portex' chair, which exemplified his pared back style which referenced traditional forms.
In 1950 he and Molgaard went on to design the now iconic 'AX' chair. It was exhibited in 1951 with the 'AX' table as part of the 'Good Design' show at MoMA. The chair was inspired by the designs of Charles and Ray Eames and produced by Fritz Hansen. It was enormously versatile - not only could it be flat packed, but came with or without arms and a wood or reversible leather upholstered seat.
The distinctive furniture of Hvidt & Molgaard was commisioned for buildings, factories and collective housing projects.
His pieces are highly sought after today by young and old - for their craftsmanship, lightness of touch and attention to detail.