The project, ‘High Chair’ was a collaboration between Jasper Overgaard and Christian Dyrman throughout the autumn of 2010. Jasper and Christian worked together on several projects through their studies. They both studied Architecture and Design at the Faculty of Engineering at Aalborg University, before entering the advanced course at the Department of Furniture and Spatial Design at the Danish Design School. Their other projects can be seen at www.overgaarddyrman.com
The project’s focus has been to design a chair that is easy and intuitive to handle and adjust, and that can also be simply folded together to facilitate transportation and storage. At the same time the chair must be simple and safe, and provide the user with a high quality product that visually works in interaction with other furniture in different context.
The parts of the chair with which the child has physical contact are made of solid ash, while the load-bearing structural parts are made of steel. The seat height is easily adjusted by lengthening/shortening the central telescopic column. The footrest can be adjusted freely by sliding smoothly along the outside of this column. The backrest is also adjustable, enabling the effective depth of the seat to be changed.
The chair is suitable for children from the age of 6 months, and can be used until they are big enough to use a regular chair.
Loosening the three handles facilitates the modification of the three different adjustable parts. When the chair is used by small children, a corresponding safety unit can quickly be mounted at the backrest and edge of the seat.
The development of the chair is based on both interviews and observations conducted in homes, daycare centers and restaurants. Ergonomics and rules based on the Danish Standard were an important consideration throughout the project.