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Wegner's design boats a storage compartment beneath the seat.

Wegner's design boats a storage compartment beneath the seat.

The Valet in action.

The Valet in action.

The chair's seat is on a hinge. When opened, it provides ample hanging space for trousers, shirts, ties, and more.

The chair's seat is on a hinge. When opened, it provides ample hanging space for trousers, shirts, ties, and more.

Combining the best traits of a bench and a butler, Hans Wegner’s 1953 Valet chair is the one piece of mid-century-modern furniture that the fastidiously turned-out chap overlooks at his peril. Marrying formal elegance—these handsome curves have been handcrafted in PP Møbler’s Danish workshop since it took over production in 1982—with a surprising functionalism, the Valet chair all but does away with the need for Jeeves. Simply raise the seat to hang your trousers; store your cufflinks, ties, and the like in the small niche the raised seat reveals; and hang a shirt over the coatrack back. We can’t think of a more ideal spot for a man, or his duds, at rest.

Combining the best traits of a bench and a butler, Hans Wegner’s 1953 Valet chair is the one piece of midcentury-modern furniture that the fastidiously turned-out chap overlooks at his peril. Marrying formal elegance—these handsome curves have been handcrafted in PP Møbler’s Danish workshop since it took over production in 1982—with a surprising functionalism, the Valet chair all but does away with the need for Jeeves. Initially a four-legged chair, Wegner decided to trim the final product and arrived at a tripod design, though he maintained the initial design when Danish King Frederick IX requested his own. Manufactured by PP Møbler.

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