Scandinavia Design

Drop Leaf Lounge foldable table
Hvidt & Mølgaard, 1956

Espace Client
&Tradition, Danish Design Furniture & Lighting

The Drop Leaf lounge table takes up the general design of the eponymous dining table, with its foldable swivel wooden frame base. Its aesthetic is inspired by the drop-leaf style, born in England in the 17th century.

The table is available in white oiled oak and oiled walnut. Both versions are enhanced with subtle brass details.

Materials solid oak or walnut, brass, felt glides

Dimensions 80 x 78 x H56 cm – weight walnut 9 kg, oak 11 kg

Drop Leaf – White oiled oak

Drop Leaf – Oiled walnut

Drop Leaf – Soaped oak

Hvidt & Mølgaard

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.