Look: Eames-Inspired Prosthetic Leg Design

Look: Eames-Inspired Prosthetic Leg Design

Adrienne Breaux
Aug 20, 2008

The designs of Charles and Ray Eames have inspired countless other fields since they first appeared. We've never seen Eames' inspirations in the medical field before—until now. We really admire this designer's ability to handle a sensitive subject in such a sophisticated, creative and respectful way. More after the jump…

The design for the Eames-Inspired prosthetic leg started with the desire to come up with a suitable answer to the question: How can a prosthetic leg retain functionality, but also be beautiful? Observant designer Joanna M. Hawley noticed three things about current prosthetic legs: they lacked humanity, style and grace.

Using the materials and style of Eames' furniture as inspiration, interviewing amputees in several stages of acceptance and meeting with skin color specialists, Hawley came up with this version of a prosthetic leg. You can read more about the project at Hawley's website: joannahawley.com.

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