Infants’ highchairs are indispensable when it comes to enabling small children to join the rest of their family during mealtimes. The most important features of an infants’ highchair are stability and safety, to make sure no harm comes to its often lively occupant.
The small selection of designs featured here highlights some of the different functional and aesthetic approaches to infants’ highchairs. For example, TON’s ‘Petit chair’ is made to complement the classic bentwood designs from the 19th century. In addition, its small tray acts as a safety bar, and it can also be flipped backwards over the chair, which can then be used as a counter stool.
Nanna Ditzel’s ‘ND-08 Children chair’, now manufactured by Kitani Japan Inc., addresses similar points. Although it does not feature a tray, its safety bar is removable and its footrest is adjustable between two positions. To a certain extent, the chair can thus adapt to a child’s growth, and then be used as a counter stool.
‘Plain Clay Childrens High Chair’, designed for DHPH by Maarten Baas, explores the playful expressions of kneading and squeezing a piece of furniture out of clay. Functionality and safety are not sacrificed either, this infants’ highchair does feature a tray which prevents sliding off. ‘Tavo High Chair’ by monte design omits the tray altogether. However, because it is slightly lower, it can easily slide underneath a regular dining table and enable the child to be fully involved in a family meal.
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada’s ‘Agatha’ for Amat-3 is essentially a high stool, intended for slightly older children, as it does not offer any additional safety features, but its plywood seat is can be one of the various playful and colourful designs offered in this range.
Finally, Maartje Steenkamp’s ‘Highchair’ for Droog grows shorter as the child grows taller. Beginning as a standard infants’ highchair, its wooden legs can be sawn off, and the safety bar demounted, ensuring its usefulness for years to come.