Antilop

2021

IKEA highchair and steel

45” x 45” x 157” 



At €19 the IKEA-Antilop highchair is one of the most popular baby chairs in the market. The pyramidical object is an emblem of the western child as a political figure. In the safety of this highchair his demands quickly turn into satisfactions thus revealing the social structures that inhabit the home. In other words, who supplies what demand?

The role of the object in enabling the child to make those empirical commands becomes evident by replacing the standard legs with 3 meter long tubes; it goes from being just a place at the table to a throne. Raising the child above an adult head is also a frightening sight. We turn anxious for the child but more so for the future he is projected with and the status quo that  he represents.