Peter Hvidt (1916-1986) and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen (1907-1993) were pioneers of mid-century Danish design and the founders of the Copenhagen-based firm Hvidt & Mølgaard.
Known for the simplicity of their works, the duo established a simple and precise aesthetic by designing numerous pieces of furniture over the years, many of which have become icons of an era. In 1950 they acquired a forward-thinking approach to industrialized production that paved the way for a new movement that drew on classic craft techniques to create affordable home furnishings and excellent materials.
Both Hvidt and Mølgaard-Nielsen boasted superior technical ability. Mølgaard-Nielsen studied furniture design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts under Kaare Klint, while Hvidt gained knowledge of traditional crafts while he was studying cabinet making at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen. Today their work can be found exhibited at MoMA, the National Gallery in Melbourne and the Design Museum in Copenhagen.