An Eames Inspired Prosthetic Leg Posted February 27, 2009 by Daniel Ostroff

“Prosthetics generally lack humanity, style and grace. . .By channeling the Eames’ use of materials and iconic style, we designed a leg with Steve McQueen in mind.”

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Eames-inspired Prosthetic Leg

From the website of designer Joanna M. Hawley:

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 of 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.

Team member: Kayhan Haj-Ali-Ahmadi (a pre-med student with whom I worked to gain further knowledge about the body)

For all inquiries about this concept:
Joanna: j.m.hawley@gmail.com
Kayhan: kayhan.ahmadi@gmail.com