Thursday, August 14, 2008

Eamespunk Prosthetic Leg

Eames-inspired Prosthetic Leg by Joanna Hawley

Eamespunk prosthetic leg

Yeah, Eamespunk is now a movement. Brilliant.

Prosthetics generally lack humanity, style and grace. Often, they look much like landing gear and make the wearer uncomfortable, self aware, and sometimes depressed. By channeling the Eames' use materials and iconic style, we designed a leg with Steve McQueen in mind. We sought to convey a creative use of positive and negative space, a balance of materials and a reflection of the wearer.

This project taught me to expand my use of research materials. We interviewed several amputees in varying stages of acceptance, met with Sephora color specialists to discuss skin tones, and 3D laser scanned actual legs to translate the proportions of the human body into CAD. Through a wide range of techniques, I explored the challenge of designing something with the body in mind.

Eamespunk prosthetic leg

[thanks Bruce S!]


Daniel N said...

oh no. no no no no no. it's too soon. not like this. this is too serious. it needed to start with some cheap mods first. not some humanitarian solution.

the prophecies were true

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