No Reserve: Hvidt & Mølgaard-Nielsen Coffee Table for France & Søn

No Reserve: Hvidt & Mølgaard-Nielsen Coffee Table for France & Søn

Winning Bid: $1,350.00

This beautifully preserved coffee table is made from 100% solid teak and features elegantly tapered edges to the top, a floating magazine shelf, and a sculptural base made with traditional joinery. It’s offered here at no reserve.

Lot: 001056
Location: DeLand, FL 32724
Designer: Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
Manufacturer: France & Son
Dimensions: 51"L x 19.5"D x 15.5"H
Materials: 100% solid teak
Period: 1960s
Origin: Denmark

Description

This beautifully preserved coffee table is made from 100% solid teak, a staple of the legendary Danish manufacturer France & Son. The piece features elegantly tapered edges to the top, a floating magazine shelf made of solid teak, and a sculptural base made with traditional joinery. It’s in its original, unaltered condition, with some imperfections consistent with age. The table is structurally quite sound and ready for decades more of use.

France & Son Coffee Table - side detail from above

Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen were two of Denmark’s most influential modern designers who worked closely together on both furniture and architecture design.

France & Son Coffee Table - side view

Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen studied furniture design under the legendary Kaare Klint at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the early 1930s. He and Hvidt, along with their contemporaries at France & Son, pioneered the design of furniture that could be easily disassembled and reassembled, making it economical to export Danish design to the United States for the first time.

France & Son Coffee Table - tapered edge

Like much of France & Son’s collection, this coffee table is made from 100% solid teak. It is said that after an urging from Finn Juhl, who treasured the famously difficult teak, France & Son founder Charles France invented a special saw blade that could efficiently cut the wood without dulling or gumming up. The innovation paved the way for teak’s frequent use in mid-century design.

France & Son Coffee Table - top detail

The table does not contain original France & Son brand markings, but it was acquired from an estate that housed a large collection of other original Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen pieces, most of which did contain original brand markings. The era, quality of craftsmanship, color, and variety of teak on this coffee table are consistent with the other pieces in the collection. It is offered here at no reserve.

Bid History:

Auction has expired

Highest bidder was: eameslover

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
eameslover February 19, 2021 2:46 pm $1,350.00
austinshep February 19, 2021 11:32 am $1,050.00
eameslover February 19, 2021 7:03 am $950.00
Furniturellama February 17, 2021 10:48 am $450.00
Jcornell028 February 16, 2021 11:08 pm $350.00
eameslover February 16, 2021 1:44 pm $250.00
Auction started February 16, 2021 8:19 am

Comments


Member
Furniturellama
8 months 8 days ago

Was the use of solid teak unique to France & Son? Or was that common among original pieces of the era. I feel like I see so many veneer pieces. Also love the joinery on the legs of this piece. Sorry for the question, but I’m trying to learn! Would love to hear from others….

Guest
Td
8 months 5 days ago

Veneer is far more common than solid in just about every piece of small ti large scaled furniture manufacturing.

Member
MCMinNYC
8 months 5 days ago

Great question! Teak was widely used by Danish designers of mid-century furniture. Here’s a couple of articles that talk more about popular wood and veneer of this era if you’re interested.

https://www.1stdibs.com/blogs/the-study/teak/
https://www.midcenturymobler.com/2016/07/11/for-the-good-of-wood/