How it all began

It took German engineering to reinvent the wheel.

The history of the trivida brand started decades ago in Staufen at the foot of the Black Forest, Germany. The qualified designer Christian Czapek, a former student of the design icon Luigi Colani, pursued his vision of improving the design of a wheelchair wheel and thus making life easier for wheelchair users. Inspired by his own brother who relied on a wheelchair, for many years Christian focused intently on the accessibility issue until he had “reinvented” the wheel. Finally, he had designed a stable wheelchair wheel that can be detached and easily dismantled in three equally-sized segments.

In 2019 the owners of the family-run company (P+L Innovations GmbH in Bad Krozingen near Freiburg, Germany), recognised the social potential of this unique invention. With their specialist team, they contributed additional expertise, innovative ideas and technological improvements to further develop the wheel’s design. The final result was a revolutionary wheelchair wheel with what is now called ‘trivida’. From the initial prototype, to mass production, every detail is taken into consideration and adapted to suit the needs of wheelchair users.

This pioneering wheel – a showcase of German engineering excellence – is just the beginning of many changes to come for wheelchair users. Even more innovative product solutions are already at the development stage. This means that wheelchair users, as well as their relatives and the staff in hospitals, retirement and nursing homes and mobile care services, simply get more out of life.