Introducing Drop Leaf, a foldable table that aims to provide flexibility.
Looking to create a versatile piece that would adapt to its surroundings, in 1956 design duo Hvidt & Molgaard devised Drop Leaf. As the name suggests, this handsome oak or walnut table is built in the drop-leaf style, with a hinged section on each side that folds down from the fixed center. Such a space-saving design allows it to adapt to a variety of spaces, from a narrow console to its full expression as a dining table.
While the drop-leaf style originated in England in the 17th century, this historic design was given a modern Danish rendering by Hvidt & Molgaard in the 50s. Unlike other tables in this style, Drop Leaf can be folded by one person. But this sharp attention to practicality is balanced with a keen appreciation of form. The table's collapsible wooden frames curve slightly outwards, adding a subtle point of interest. The decision to use frames instead of legs as supports had another benefit: whether folded or stretched out in a star shape, they create a clean, harmonious form. On the table's underside, brass fittings gleam.
For tighter spaces, the lounge table version is available. This smaller piece boasts the same curved wooden frames and is also foldable.
Renowned for their rigorous approach to design, Hvidt & Molgaard were pioneers in the shift towards industrialized production. Their understanding of traditional craftsmanship techniques was combined with the determination to craft pieces that were easy to assemble and produce on a mass scale. &Tradition continues their legacy with Drop Leaf, taking great care to remain respectful to the original design.