This is the BabyBjörn High Chair, and it’s illegal in the U.S. in its original form.Created by the folks at Ergonomidesign, this high chair doesn’t require a traditional harness to secure a child in place. In fact, it does one better, reports Mark Wilson at Co.Design.
When flipped up, the tray table simply becomes the harness. It locks the child down “like a roller-coaster ride.”
The best part is that it requires the parent to secure the child in the seat before using the table — a regular harness can easily be ignored.
And yet, it’s banned in the U.S. because it doesn’t meet regulations.
Every high chair must have a traditional safety harness, so the BabyBjörn High Chair that’s sold in the U.S. is overbuilt and has a completely unnecessary extra strap that solely exists to satisfy that requirement.
So what was the point of making a new, innovative product in the first place?
Wilson boils down the issue well:
“The purpose of iterative design is to approach known ideas in a better way. By their very nature, the most watershed designs probably won’t have been considered before — they’re new ideas because they’re new ideas. So how can anyone be expected to dream up the products of the future when they’re boxed in by the semantic limitations of the past? Or, maybe more importantly, why should they?”
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