Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielson “Ax” Table, Model 695
Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielson
22 1/4″ high x 43″ wide x 19″ deep
Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielson were architect-designers who established Hvidt & Mølgaard Studio in 1944. They ran the firm together until 1975, during which time they created designs for Fritz Hansen, France & Søn, and Søborg Møbelfabrik. In 1950, Mølgaard-Nielson and Hvidt, inspired by the bentwood furniture of Charles and Ray Eames, designed the laminated and bentwood AX Chair, which solidified their place as industrial designers and quickly became an icon of Danish mid-century design. The AX series was fabricated by Fritz Hansen.
The AX Table is a light-weight and beautifully constructed side table which can be put to flexible use: as a bedside table or behind a sofa, beside a comfortable wingback chair, piled with books. The AX table was exhibited in 1951 as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s “Good Design” show. Illustrated on page 270 of Scandinavian Design, by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Taschen 2002.