Design Classic: Nanna Ditzel High Chairs

Design Classic: Nanna Ditzel High Chairs

Tammy Everts
Sep 10, 2009

Introduced in 1955 by internationally acclaimed design pioneer Nanna Ditzel, these iconic highchairs are much sought after by design enthusiasts today, which is no surprise. Even after more than half a century, their elegant lines stand up against anything the contemporary design world has to offer.

Nanna Ditzel was a master of many trades. Born in 1923, she trained as a cabinetmaker in her native Denmark before going on to study furniture design at the School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Throughout her long career (she worked almost right up until her death in 2005), she continually explored new materials, from fiberglass to foam rubber, in various disciplines, including tableware, textiles and jewelry.

Originally produced of Oregon pine, the highchair comes in two primary designs. One version features a wipeable vinyl seat with a leather T-strap, making it suitable for older babies and toddlers. The solid wood version has no T-strap, making it more appropriate as a booster-style seat for older toddlers and smaller preschoolers.

The Nanna Ditzel highchair has yet to be reissued (though we can always hope!), but they can still be spotted by discerning design lovers at vintage stores and auction houses. A quick search turned up this pair, pictured in the color photo above. (Click the "Other" link, then scroll to page 2.)

[Photo source, top photo: Nanna Ditzel Design A/S]

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