I've been thinking a couple of things about restaurant high chairs recently [yes, forecast calls for a high dad-dork alert in the area. whatryagonnado?].
1) We went to the cafeteria at MoMA last week for lunch. [A pannini, ravioli, and kid's pasta=$40, so heads up] I knew they had Stokke Tripp Trapp high chairs, because I'd gone out of my way to photograph them a while back. It was news to the kid, though, and she flipped out when she saw so many chairs like hers, in a rainbow of colors and finishes. She picked out her own color [green], and the restaurant dude brought it over to the table for her. Very nice. [She never freaks when she sits in an Ikea high chair just like hers, though. Go figure.]
2) Until I posted about his other work, it never occurred to me that someone--Stephan Gip, as far as I can tell--actually designed the pyramid-shaped, wood chair that is nearly every restaurant in town/the world.
3) Now that I think about it, those grey Rubbermaid industrial supply high chairs gross me out, even when we break out the anti-bacterial wipes.
Has anyone seen a restaurant high chair that was surprisingly nice? [The Ikea Antilop might count; I still love that thing and have seen it in a lot of Euro restaurants that don't serve meatballs. In the US, not so much.]
Would you notice or care if a restaurant had a Stokke or Svan or an Argington or some other high-design high chair? Or does "surprisingly nice" in this case just mean "doesn't drop the kid on his head" and "not caked with goo from the last dozen kids who sat in them"?