X Lounge Chair HM10
The X lounge chair HM10, crafted by Hvidt & Mølgaard for &Tradition, exemplifies a captivating interplay between material and concept. The Danish design duo spent years experimenting with the idea of a laminated wooden frame inspired by vintage wooden tennis rackets. In 1959, they introduced the X lounge chair, featuring a distinct sloping silhouette and an understated aesthetic that emerged from their innovative exploration of materials and design concepts. The chair is a testament to their ability to seamlessly merge craftsmanship, functionality, and a unique design vision.
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. Their 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.