Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics

Start Date

September 2, 2019

End Date

January 16, 2020


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: September 2, 2019 – January 16, 2020
Brigham & Women’s Hospital 

75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115

Hours: 24/7


From the 75 Francis Street entrance, take the escalator in the lobby to the second floor. The exhibit will be on the left.

Learn more about our exhibition process for Bespoke Bodies here.


Upcoming Events, Boston MA:  

Reception: September 12th

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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Directions to Discussion: From the 75 Francis Street entrance, take the escalator in the lobby to the second floor and turn left. Walk across two sky bridges until you reach the Hale Building for Transformative Medicine. Take the elevator to the third floor, and turn right as you exit the elevator.

Parking: The closest parking will be in the 80 Francis Street parking structure. This is just across the street from the 75 Francis entrance. Note that we aren’t able to reimburse for parking.