This Way, Gentlemen

By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell
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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.

Aaron Britt

@aaronbritt

Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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