Proaesthetics by Francesca Lanzavecchia

Francesca Lanzavecchia is an Italian born designer who is now one half of Lanzavecchia + Wai, a creative collaboration with her and Hunn Wai. Prior to that, the designer created an interesting project entitled Proaesthetics, which contains Orthosis, Canes & Crutches, and Back Braces. Meant to explore the relationship of user and producer of these devices for the disabled, each piece is a way to open up discussion and to learn to cope with “disability, illness, and human frailty.” The pieces are thought provoking, and most definitely, conversation starters.

Hooky – hooks allow necessities to be within reach

Pronto – cradles your phone, perfect for our modern dependencies

Splintool – no words necessary!

Little Black – perfect complement to the little black dress

Bone – bone-shaped cane

Exo-Hip – a replacement hip joint repurposed as a walking aid

Protraction – crutches worn like a sleeve and made to look like an extension of user’s arm

Tea-Time – a cane / table

Polly – brace for a young girl where she can store her favorite items

Lingerie – brace outfitted with a lacy pattern to help with inhibitions

Corset – combination of a traditional corset but imprinted onto material with leather accents

Platform – gentleman’s brace that holds all his accessories

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.