Hvidt and Mølgaard-nielsen for France & Søn 'Minerva' Daybed in Teak
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Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for France & Søn, 'Minerva' daybed, teak, metal, fabric, Denmark, design 1957, production 1960s.
This elegant daybed or sofa is named 'Minerva' after the goddess of wisdom; a true midcentury classic designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen for France and Son. Both the seat or matras is upholstered with a bold checkered patterned fabric upholstery in red and shades of black and grey. The warm tone of the upholstery forms a wonderful union with the teak frame. Underneath the seating, four tapered teak wooden legs lift up the base. Clearly, this daybed is designed in a light and airy manner to maintain a graceful appearance.
Danish designer duo Peter Hvidt (1916-1986) and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen (1907-1993) worked together between 1944-1975. The couple, originally trained as architects, designed around 250 furniture objects. The first dismountable chair has been designed by the couple, that created an enormous boost for the Danish furniture export. In 1950, their best-known design, the AX-chair went into production by Fritz Hansen. The implementation of double bent laminated wood, a technique normally used to produce tennis rackets, was a huge breakthrough for the upscaling of furniture production as it reduces the average production time. Thanks to this revolutionary technique, Denmark became the leader in Modern furniture manufacturing.
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