Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics

Start Date

April 30, 2019

End Date

August 23, 2019


Explore Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics, a multi-media exhibition highlighting people at the intersection of healthcare, style, and technology in prosthetic design.


From sculpting ocular prosthetics to crowdsourcing affordable 3D-printed hands, this exhibition surveys the past, present, and future of prosthetic design on a global scale. Visitors will explore the evolution and design process behind a range of prostheses through visual stories, historical surveys, videos, and interactive models. Over 40 stories – from DIY-kid inventors to amputees who use mind-controlled bionic limbs – explore the collaborative process between people who use prostheses, clinicians, and innovators all using design to impact people’s lives and mobility.


Free Exhibit • Open to the Public
On View: April 30, 2019 – August 23, 2019
Prudential Center
101 Huntington Boston, MA 02109
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm

July Curator Tour with SilTec
July 11, 2019 • 5:30-6:30pm

August Exhibit Tour
August 1, 2019 • 5:30-6:30pm


This is a map of the prudential center with bespoke bodies

The exhibition is located in the storefront next to the 101 Huntington Lobby. It is a two-floor exhibit. If you want to see more on the second floor let the person in the storefront know and they will bring you to the second floor.

Learn more about our exhibition process for Bespoke Bodies here.


Upcoming Events, Boston MA:  

July 11th Tour: 5:30-6:30pm

August 15th Tour: 5:30-6:30pm

Past Events in connection with Bespoke Bodies:

Boston MA:
Design Museum Mornings with Mike Benning
UNITE: Pioneers of Prosthetic Design
Design Museum Mornings with Maggie Baumer
Exhibition Preview,  HUBweek 2018
Bespoke Bodies Panel with Hanger Clinic, HUBweek 2018
Members-Only Opening Reception and Exhibition Preview

Portland OR:
UNITE: Human Tech Connect, Panel Discussion
Viewing Party: Paralympics Opening Ceremonies
Workshop: Hand Built Hands
Dinner with Dr. Albert Chi and Johnny Matheny


Along with an extensive historical timeline and educational information about functionality, terminology, and the process behind the design and creation of prosthetic devices, the exhibit features 5 main sections:

 The Design & Craft of Prosthetics

An introduction to individuals, advocates, and designers who share stories and journeys with prostheses; featuring designers and clinicians behind the creation and innovation in the field, along with and organizations working to improve use and design for those who choose to incorporate prostheses into their lives.

Hanger Clinic
Orthotic & Prosthetic Services

Lauren Scruggs
Founder, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation

Global Impact

Exploring designers and organizations who are working to tackle issues of accessibility and affordability around the world; designing with new methods, systems, and materials in order to create more affordable and accessible prostheses.

ReMotion Knee

Accessible 3D Printed Prosthetics


Featuring Paralympic athletes, experts in adaptive sports, and some of the latest designs and processes that enable athletes—from professional sprinters to casual skiers—in new ways.

Sarah Reinertsen and Flex-Run™ with Nike Sole 
Össur & Nike

Denise Schindler

Custom Style

Stories from artists, creators, and wearers who work together to create bespoke, individualized, artistic, and expressive designs for their prostheses.

James Young
Alternative Limb Project

Mama Cax

New Tech

Myoelectric and bionic technology are cutting edge, always developing, and often hard to access. Case studies explore both the benefits and downfalls of some of the latest technology and a look into the future of prosthetic design.

Ottobock X3 Leg
Cameron Clapp

Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics, Inc. & the LUKE arm developed by DEKA and DARPA. Pictured: Chuck Hildreth, Jr.

Modular Prosthetic Limb developed by Johns Hopkins University and DARPA
Pictured: Johnny Matheny

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