Back braces as representative skins

Francesca Lanzavecchia

This is the first inspirational publication that present disability artifacts in a new light.
It is a bridge between user and producer aiming to open their eyes to the possibilities and new values that these vital body accessories can bestow upon the user.

Here disability aids become a stage to discuss, understand and cope with disability, illness and human frailty.

Back braces are the first representatives of bodily differences; moulded and tailor-made around the body they are a cumbersome second skin.

They are reinterpreted with the aim of transforming them into objects of desire and representative skins.

Transpiration patterns are mechanically produced right after the extrusion of the sheet.
These patterns can create an interesting embellishment:
in this case a sexy lace pattern for the young woman who had inhibitions undressing in front of her boyfriend.

A young girl’s brace where she stores her prized possessions.
A colourful brace with sculpted-in pockets to store personal artefacts.

The structural aesthetic of a traditional corset is imprinted into the material,
combined with leather accents to give it a delicate and warm character.

A gentleman’s brace with a chest-piece that allows his possessions
and accessories to be attached and shown-off.

Implant modification
Using the brace as a canvas for self-expression, types of extreme body modification
can be executed on it, rendering it a true second-skin.

Exploitation of the typical medical “skin coloured” plastic meant to mimic human skin.
The brace then, can become a representative skin for body piercings and tattoos.

Laser embellishment
The desired decorations can be laser-carved directly into the material, providing tactile pleasure on top of visual.
The pattern deforms accordingly where the sheet is stretched, forming unique patterns on different bodies.

Making use of the material’s transpiration holes, a relevant messagge
or personalized graphics can be embroidered onto it.