For someone who doesn't live within the gravitational pull of an IKEA, visiting the store can be an epiphany. Sometimes, it can even break through your own IKEA fatigue and cause you to take a fresh look at the stuff you've blocked out of your mind. This happened when my mother came to town, and I had to return some unnecessary metal bracket we didn't use for a spice rack.
There are two totally pared down, goodlooking highchairs, each of which costs less than the cushion set of a Stokke Kinderzeat. (Which we just got. And love, don't get me wrong, but I'm just saying...) Now Grandma has one, and Grammy has the other.
First is the Antilop, which is available online with white legs (for $12.99!), but looks better with the instore-only silver legs (only two bucks more, $14.99). This is also the high chair in the IKEA cafe. The other is the Gulliver ($39.99, in stores), made of beech and beech ply. Both chairs can take trays, but I think they work just as well when they're pulled up to the table. And when the kid outgrows them, you can put the chairs on the curb, where a weird, trenchcoated Swede will mock them