Posted by Miriam | Filed under Musings
A few weeks ago I shared with you all the pew that we use in our dining room. What you might not have seen upon first glance is our Tripp Trapp high chair tucked neatly under the table. We decided to invest in the Tripp Trapp a little over a year ago following a long and tedious budgeting analysis combined with various comparison charts and graphs and weeks of product reviews and owner interviews. What can say, I’m married to an accountant and the Tripp Trapp isn’t exactly budget furniture. That said, over a year of use later, and I can spare you the analysis and number crunching and just tell you that we love our Tripp Trapp and are 100% satisfied with its performance and its place at our dining room table. Our son sits at the table with us for all of our meals; he’s been able to climb in and out of it on his own for at least four months now; and let’s be honest…it looks so pretty.
Anyway, once you have invested a chunk of change on a life changing baby item that many people think is an over-hyped status symbol, you tend to feel a connection to it and other owners of it and thus are hyper aware of spotting it in other people’s homes. For instance, last Fall my jaw dropped when I saw this picture on the COVER of House Beautiful. I love how the Tripp Trapp is appropriate in any number of designed spaces. Here in particular, it is a joyous pop of juicy contrast in a super-glam; micro-sized, New York apartment…
Recently, my husband decided he wanted to get a seat for our 15 month old son. He promptly headed to our local baby-supply warehouse and realized that there was not one option available that he felt comfortable bringing home. Their main offense: licensed characters.
Now, before I get labeled anti-fun, I should let on to you that I actually KNEW some of those licensed characters (as we put it back in the day) “inside-out”, and took my relationship with those characters and the relationship of those characters with their adoring public very. seriously. So I totally understand the purpose of those characters in children’s lives and imaginations.
That said…I don’t want Mickey, or Tigger or Lightning McQueen or Barbie or any Marvel Comic Superhero plastered all over a major piece of furniture in our living room.
Thankfully, there are some terrific options out there for toddler chairs in a variety of price ranges:
Top Left: You’d be hard pressed to find a chair any cuter than this cow, bear and bunny trio at Restoration Hardware; Top Right and Second Row (Left): The quality workmanship and great style of these selections from KidsZits in the Netherlands makes the delivery fee to the US worth it
Second Row, Right: Land of Nod offers this classic, frameless seat for kids
Third Row, left: Have you heard of the Fatboy? Basically it is a plush pillow/cushion that you can form to any variety of seat to prop you up. Awesomely, they have a kids size…even more awesomely…they’ve partnered with Marimekko to make some super vibrant seating solutions; Third Row, right: By far, the most versatile of all the options, the Fleezy Futon converts to a lounger by simply detatching the top from the bottom
Bottom Left: Pottery Barn Kids has lots of slip cover options for their frameless “Anywhere Chair”; Monte’s Cubino Chairs are offered in a range of colors and are a beautiful option for any modern playroom.
We ended up going with the option from Pottery Barn Kids since it had the same shape as our armchair and thus fit in well with the rest of our living room decor.
What chair would you choose?