The much-anticipated cooling wheelchair backrest, the wheelAir launched on 2 Nov with an event in Edinburgh. The wheelAir aims to revolutionise the mobility industry and tackle a heated topic for wheelchair users.
The award-winning wheelAIR® has been designed in Glasgow by healthcare product start up,
Staels Design, with the input of Paralympic athletes as well as wheelchair producers.
It is little known that overheating is a problem for the majority of wheelchair users which not
only impacts their daily lives, but can lead to more serious health ailments.
The wheelAIR has been carefully designed to solve this problem. Using inbuilt fan technology,
it not only cools the back, but reduces core temperature by taking away excess heat and
moisture. This allows for instant comfort and better temperature control. The cushion also
offers extra support through a unique blend of carefully selected foams.
wheelAIR’s official brand ambassador, double Paralympian and European champion Michael
Kerr commented, “I experience a lot of problems with overheating when playing sport and
am glad there is now an effective and unobtrusive solution. I will no longer have to resort to
being sprayed with water to cool down.”
Corien Staels, designer of the wheelAIR and CEO of Staels Design says, “It is such a surreal and
thrilling feeling to see wheelAIR officially on the market! It has been an exciting journey so far
and it is so rewarding to see my backrest cushion finally in a position to make a difference. I
hope that this is only the start of what we can do to help people.”
Staels Design’s mission is to improve wheelchair user’s lives by designing stylish products of
the highest quality.
The company will be trading under the wheelAIR name, and has rebranded to wheelAIR online
and on social media channels from its former name, Staels Design, to accompany their new
They held an event on the 2nd of November in Edinburgh where athletes, industry leaders,
disability charities and health professionals gathered to celebrate the launch of the wheelAIR
e-commerce platform. The event was also a nod to wider accessibility innovation in Scotland
as well as commending successful business women.
The guest speaker was award-winning accountant Faith Simpson, who brought her
experience as a renowned Scottish business professional to the table.
“I jumped at the opportunity to support the wheelAIR launch,” comments Simpson,
“championing women in business is very important to me and I wish Miss Staels every
success. The fact that this product is going to make real impact in peoples lives is clear to me
and it is exactly the sort of venture that makes me proud to be a fellow business women in