Modern Classics: Stokke's Tripp Trapp Chair

Modern Classics: Stokke's Tripp Trapp Chair

Carrie McBride
Sep 28, 2012

It's hard to believe the Tripp Trapp chair has been around for four decades as it still feels thoroughly modern. The design has become a classic due both to its basic, yet elegant shape as well as its functionality. The Tripp Trapp is at home in any style of decor: from country farmhouses to chic penthouses.

Tripp Trapp designer Peter Opsvik

Peter Opsvik conceived the idea for an adjustable chair that would grow with a child in 1972 when his 2-year-old son outgrew his high chair and he wondered: what next? The chair he designed was unveiled to the world that year at the Sjølyst Exhibition, but only three were sold.

Marketed as "ergonomically correct", it was marketed to children as well as adults and was advertised as "striking a blow for Norwegian backs". Over the next 40 years, 8 million were sold to families around the world. It was recently included in MoMA's exhibit Century of the Child: Growing by Design.

Today, the Tripp Trapp is available in a rainbow of colors:

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