Urban Crusing

The Art of Sitting

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According to the dictionary , art is "the conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words". This definition has wide range of application, including the very, what we think as,  ordinary subjects such as ... chairs!

The well known MoMA  exhibit "Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000" demonstrated very well how ordinary sitting can become not only functional, but also be a deserving piece of art.

Peter Opsvik, an industrial designer who has made a career of rethinking sitting and believes that children and adults should interact at the same level created the iconic chair that happily resides in many modern homes today. Activated by his own son’s situation and aware of a universal need, Opsvik designed the Tripp Trapp chair, an innovative and completely adjustable high chair that can be used at any age, all the way to adulthood. As a matter of fact, the Tripp Trapp is our family's personal choice of a sitting, and it is quite popular in the Urban Crusing office as well.

Today over seven million Tripp Trapps have been sold. At MoMA, visitors to the Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000 exhibition encountered a “Maxi” version of the design, made to provide adults with the point of view of a three-year-old. This interactive introduction to the exhibition facilitated an important perspective shift. As with many other examples from Century of the Child, this design success is not just about scale, but about empathy.

With variety of color choices and combination, a perfect combination of art and function that add to and facilitate in creativity and design, Tripp Trapp is absolutely Noteworthy.