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Ax armchair
laminated Beech, Walnut, canvas, wool, leather, metal, plastic
78.8 × 60.7 × 66.6 cm
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1952
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
Peter Hvidt and Orla Mölgaard-Nielsen trained as cabinetmakers and established their design partnership in 1944. They produced a range of seat furniture, including the Ax armchair, notable for its new production methods. Here one sheet of laminated wood is used for the seat frame and arms, with the arm sections bent forwards from the frame. The legs are fabricated separately with a solid section of walnut to create strength and visual contrast. Yet, like the highest quality Danish furniture, the legs are beautifully integrated into the seat structure to present a seamless, uninterrupted line. The seat covering slides in on tracks and is removable.