It was 1996, a spring day in Pretoria, and grandfather Johan Buitendach was on baby-sitting duty for 7-week-old grandson Daniëll. Little Daniëll was a curious child and wanted to be able to look around; to engage with his surroundings. But he wasn’t yet able to sit upright. So he pulled and tugged on Grandpa’s fingers, and Grandpa propped him up with some pillows. A great solution, until little Daniëll tilted to one side…. And then, Grandpa Johan – an inventor and toolmaker – had a brainwave.
Using a large piece of polystyrene, Johan crafted a freestanding seat with a circular design, featuring leg mouldings, a gently rounded crotch bar, a backrest and side handles. This seat, placed on the floor, made it possible for Daniëll to sit perfectly upright.