Proaesthetics
Orthosis as personal canvas

Francesca Lanzavecchia
2008

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.

Victorian
Opposing the iconic thick and rigid image neck braces have,
delicate lace is coated with flexible plastic to support the neck in the style of a Victorian collar.
The perforations inherent in the lace pattern naturally ventilate the supported area as well.

Neck Plint
When wearing something as conspicuous as a neck brace,
why not to turn it into a canvas for self-expression, since people are going
to stare at it anyway? This brace offers a platform to highlight the user’s ornaments.

Hooky
Since one is obliged to wear a hard second skin, why not give a function
to this evr-present accesory? Hooks allow keys, headphones or even a camera to be hung within reach.

Pronto
The aid-object grows to accommodate the user’s lifestyle and modern dependencies.
This PU foam neck brace offers to cradle our communication prosthesis.

Precise
Highlightingh the precision of the mechanical closures by reducing the neck brace itself.

Hood Add-on
Incorporating a functional fashion element into the aid.

Little Black
To complement the little black evening dress.

Hand Coffer
Treating the injured hand as a piece of fragile treasure

Splintool
An indispensable tool can become part of an indespensable aid; giving it another dimension of functionality.