Compared to the uneasy cube chair and other wooden giants, the introduction of the Tripp Trapp in 1972 was absolutely ground-breaking. The Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik looked at the seating concept of the child from an entirely different perspective: children should be able to be seated to the table at the right level immediately and be a part of family life. This children’s high chair evolves with the child, as its seating level and foot board can be adjusted both in height and depth. For the first time, the children’s high chair was considered as an ergonomic design in which the importance of the evolving child was in the centre of attention! I personally saw what an incredible man Peter Opsvik is; his workshop is packed with the most extraordinary chair designs, that all put emphasis on the view that humans were not created to sit still for hours in a fixed position. Therefore he designs chairs that encourage people to get active! And I have to admit; I’m a fan of the Tripp Trapp myself. My children have been sitting, eating, drawing, painting and tinkering on this chair for years, and when they grew old enough they were able to easily climb onto it themselves!
This year, the Tripp Trapp celebrates its 40-year anniversary with a limited edition in oiled beech and a signature of the designer. Perhaps Stokke thanks this anniversary to the active protection of their design; they did not hesitate to take legal measures when a chair that showed too much resemblance with their original design was introduced on the market. Besides that, Stokke never let go of the original design, and did not give in to the many requests to design a fitting table for the chair. The fact that you have to be careful with knocking over cups of milk, hot dishes and sharp cutlery, is just something that parents have to accept.