Received an e-mail from a Chair Blog fan:
Your blog is wonderful.
Thank you for doing such a thorough job and for sharing your information and observations with the rest of us.
I too am a chair fan and I have an original vintage Hans Wegner Valet chair that is unusable because the hinges were not on it when I purchased it. I wonder if in your journeys across the web you may have found a source for rare chair parts or another Hans Wegner collector that has valet chair hinges. From one chair lover to another I greatly appreciate any input you may be able to offer.
It would be great to actually be able to sit on this special piece.
As the hinges photo shows they are really special. Decided to post the question here to help our fan. Glad to oblige. Anybody an idea?
Found the Valet Chair photo in an excellent post about Hans Wegner furniture at the Chinese language blog I Design and the hinge photo at Live Auctioneers
8 thoughts on “Hinges for a Hans Wegner Valet Chair – Anybody?”
Love the functionality of this one! Bet it’s not easy to find spare parts for it indeed, might be a god idea to find someone who would try to make a replica of those parts instead, but then again, finding soemone who can do that is no easy task!
Dear Guido J. van den Elshout:
I recommend to contact PP Mobler (or one of their dealers) to see if they will sell you the hinges. They are currently manufacturing the Valet Chair to the original specifications, and the hinges for a PP Mobler Valet Chair should fit an original Johannes Hansen Valet Chair.
Thank You Robert, also for pointing us to PP Mobler!
Mobler will not sell the hinges.
Funny this comment 11 plus years later.
Some designs are timeless. So, my daughter is a highly accomplished interior designer. She’s designed beautiful hotels and restaurants all over the world. Her own home in California is mid-century modern style. I am a woodworking hobbyist. I’ve built many chests, chairs, tables, etc. of all styles. This past August, I told her I wanted to make something special for her. She asked me to make her a Valet Chair, alarm Hans Wegner’s valet chair. Now, in 2022/2023, I am building a replica of the same chair you all talked about 11 years ago! I have done a lot of research on building this chair and I discovered this blog site a few months ago. The hinges for this chair have been a question mark through out my build. I contacted Mobler: they were not willing to sell any components of their furniture. So, I have an alternate approach. I am more than 50% through building the chair and it is really looking good. Thank you for connecting.
I’ve corrected your name. I would be interested to feature your DIY valet chair. Do you have photo’s?
In addition I’m curious how you solved the hinge issue…
I take photos of my work most days, and I do have photos of the Valet Chair as I progress through the building process. I am concurrently building a set of Chippendale chairs, all of different woods. Building Chippendale and Mid Century Modern at the same time presents quite a contrast of design style, but yet there are many similarities in the fundamental approach to making a solid chair. As I build these pieces, I often find points in the process where I want to consult with my local furniture building network regarding how to approach construction of a particular part of the piece. Most of my photos are related to the minutia of those construction details. I am not going to bore you with the minutia. When my chairs progress to a point of final assembly, I’ll forward some photos to you. Thanks for your interest, support, and encouragement!