Peter Hvidt (1919-1986) Danish architect and Cabinet maker

Chairs designed by Peter Hvidt

Peter Hvidt (1919-1986) was a Danish architect and Cabinet maker.

Education

He studied cabinetmaking at Kunsthandvaerkerskolen, Copenhagen.

Biography

In 1942, he opened an office where various designers worked: Orla Molgard-Nielsen 1944—75, Hans Kristensen from 1970, and British designer Adrian Heath. He had clients including Fritz Hansen, France and Son, Allerod, Mobelexport, and Soborg Mobelfabrik.

The 1950 AX range of chairs and tables (with Molgard-Nielsen), produced by Fritz Hansen from 1960, marked the introduction of the laminate-glueing process (originally used in tennis-racket man-ufacture) in furniture making, while the design fostered interest in Danish furniture. One sheet of laminated wood formed the chair’s arms and seat frame. He also pioneered knock-down furniture.

Exhibitions

  • He collaborated with (with Molgard-Nielsen) Shown at 1956—57 German ‘Neue Form aus Danemark’ traveling exhibition;
  • 1958 ‘Formes Scan- dinaves’ at the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
  • Molgard-Nielsen and Hvidt received diplomas of honor at 1951 ([X) and 1954 (X) Triennali di Milano and the ‘Good Design’ award in the USA in the 1950s for the AX 6003 chair. AX chair shown at 1951 ‘Good Design’ exhibition, New York Museum of Modern Art;
  • 1966 ‘Vijftig Jaar Zitten,’ Stedelijk Museum;
  • 1970 ‘Modern Chairs 1918—1970′ exhibition, Whitechapel Gallery, London;
  • 1980 ‘Scandinavian Modern Design 1880—1980′ exhibition, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York.

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