My Tripp Trapp story – what I noticed about my clients.
Over the last few years I have been to dozens of people’s houses all around metropolitan Sydney to talk about their ideas for renovations or rebuilding and how to get the most out of their homes.
Over time I started to notice some patterns. Many of my clients were in a transition phase of their life and needed some help. There were a few different type of transitions:
- They had just bought a house and knew they needed to fix it.
- They had just had a baby or had a family that was growing.
- Their kids were moving from primary school to high school and were about to become teens.
- Their children were about to leave home.
- They were looking at ageing in place and their forever home.
Many of my clients have all sorts of different types of homes: apartments, townhouses, terrace houses, semi detached houses, stand alone bungalows.
One storey, two stories or maybe even three stories.
Some were inner city and suburbs. Others were located on the edge of the bush, near the beach or in the mountains.
One thing I did notice quite often was the appearance of a Stokke Tripp Trapp chair. What’s that? I hear you ask.
A Stokke Tripp Trapp chair is a chair that can be used as a highchair for babies from as young as 4 months old and can be used right up to adulthood. It has a very simple and timeless design and is adaptable as children grow.
How do I know about this? Well I had one for my kids (now a teenager and pre teen). Why did I choose this chair? Well we live in a small house and I needed a small chair that could allow my kids to sit with us at the dining table for meals. I wanted something that could casually fit in with the remaining furniture in the house without obviously being for the baby.
I also wanted something that would last for years and would be worth the investment as they aren’t the cheapest of chairs.
So when I walk into a family’s home and see a Stokke Tripp Trapp chair or two, I know that they are my people and that we will have a really rich discussion about how they would like to live in their home.
I like to think that my advice, assistance and design ideas are rather like the high chair: timeless, practical, stylish adaptable and will work for many years.
They are often ideas that mean building very little if at all to achieve all the goals that the family need. Something that will work and be adaptable as the family grows or changes in other ways.
Just like the Stokke chair, the design needs to be as simple, straightforward and functional as possible while still looking and feeling attractive and comfortable.
What makes the Stokke chair so useful is the way it can simply be changed over time with a minimum of fuss. This approach can be used in homes as well with various rooms and spaces being adapted as living needs change.
So how does this help me work with my clients? Well I know that if they have invested in a Tripp Trapp chair, they have chosen a well designed, efficient, long lasting, good value item that will be part of their family for years. I hope to offer them the same for their home.