How is it that the Japanese can make something so innocuous, like a logo, so freakin’ cute?!?
Yamatoya is pretty unheard of here in Singapore or in other countries, but it’s actually the number one selling children furniture brand in Japan and Korea. Not to mention they’ve been around for over 80 years!
I was actually surprised to find out about this, since I considering myself quite…. *ahem*… rather on top of children’s brands. I guess, in typical Japanese fashion, they tend to keep all the good stuff in their own country and don’t do much export!
Anyway, Yamatoya make high chairs too and, last year, they launched a new version called Sukusuku ES that looks like this:
I just about fainted when I discovered the sold a plain white one. It would fit into our furniture scheme perfectly!!! Our dining table has plain white wood adult chairs, so this would be perfect. Plus, ACKKKKKK how nice do TWO chairs look side-by-side? I’m envisioning that, in a year’s time, I’ll have 2 toddlers sitting in identical-looking chairs, and people won’t even be able to tell they’re in high chairs (since they look so similar to our adult dining chairs) unless they look closely.
The high chairs are made from sustainable and environmentally friendly wood. Plus, the paint and lacquer applied is 100% toxic free.
You know what I like most about them though?
- They hold up to 60KG in weight. It means the kids can use them for years (they’re fully adjustable)! Plus, I can sit on it too :P
- They look so good. I’m sick of all the high chairs that look like high chairs. They don’t look sexy in our home. These look like proper wooden furniture, just like the rest of our stuff.
- They are really sturdy. I guess being made of 100% wood helps. The kids can’t rattle or shake them, and I don’t fear they will tip.
- They wipe clean. SO essential. Food can go everywhere, and one wet wipe is all it takes to clean it since it’s all flat surfaces.
- Hunter can climb into it. I like this as it makes him independant. When I tell him it’s food time, he’ll go to the table and climb up and sit down on the chair, all by himself. Handy for me!
By the way, I remove the front T-guard for Hunter’s chair, specifically so he can climb in/out of it. I leave it on for Carter though, since he’s still too little and the T-guard keeps him safely strapped in.
I use their seat cushion for Carter, though I intend to remove it the moment I feel he doesn’t need it, because I way prefer the crisp white wood look. Our cushion is orange, but they usually have a range of about 5 colours/designs that you can choose from.
I personally reckon they are superb and I’m not looking at any other high chair now. These are so classic, and will grow with my kids. Every single girl friend that has visited has also spotted these chairs and fell in love! They just look good :)
I was actually trying to think of something I didn’t like about these chairs.. but I can’t think of any! They work so well with my kids.
You can buy these Yamatoya high chairs here (more info at the link too). I personally adore the classic white, but there are a variety of colours you can choose from.
If you want to touch/look at them in real life, I found out that the Motherhood Exhibition (30 May- 2 June) as well as the Parents World Exhibition (30 August – 1 September) will have them there :)