The designer duo Hvidt & Mølgaard designed the Drop Leaf dining table in 1956, seeking to create a versatile piece that will adapt to its environment. As its name suggests, this beautiful oak or walnut table is built in the "drop-leaf" style born in England in the 17th century, with hinged leaves on each side which fold away from the center. This design allows it to adapt to a variety of spaces, the Drop Leaf transforms from a narrow console into a large dining table.
Folded or stretched in the shape of a star, the wooden frames that make up the base of the table create a sleek, harmonious silhouette. Subtle brass details enhance the whole look.
The coffee table version from the same collection is perfect for smaller places is. This lounge table has the same curved wooden frames and is also foldable.
Peter Hvidt (1916-1986) and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen (1907-1993) were pioneers of Danish mid-century design and the founders of Copenhagen-based firm Hvidt & Mølgaard.
Renowned for the simplicity of their works, the duo established a simple and precise aesthetic designing countless pieces of furniture over the years, many of which became icons of the era. The success of the AX chair (crafted in 1950) was a seminal moment for the pair. Not only did its smooth, tightly controlled silhouette secure their stance as leaders of Danish modernism, but the use of laminated wood allowed the chair to be produced on a mass scale and exported internationally. This forward-thinking approach to industrialized production paved the way for a new movement that drew upon classical craftsmanship techniques to make affordable, beautifully crafted home furnishings.
Both Hvidt and Mølgaard-Nielsen boasted superior technical skills. Mølgaard-Nielsen studied furniture design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Kaare Klint, while Hvidt gained knowledge of traditional craftsmanship during his time studying cabinetry at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. Today, their work can be found exhibited at MoMA, Melbourne’s National Gallery, and Copenhagen’s Design Museum.