A couple of weeks ago, we explored designer wheelchair wheel covers. Today, we’re looking at the world of designer prosthetics covers by Canada-based Alleles Design Studio, founded by art director McCauley Wanner and technology director Ryan Palibroda. Made to cover existing prosthetics, these covers look like a bionic calf and lower leg.
There’s been a trend over the last few years moving away from the near-lifelike artificial limbs of the past and toward more utilitarian prosthetics. But Alleles Design feels like the pendulum has swung too far, and needs to be brought back to a closer relationship with the human form. And they’ve chosen a damned snazzy way to do it, too. In fact, in 2014, Wanner and Palibroda won the Emerging Fashion Designers of Canada award!
“Empowering amputees through self-expression.”
The company’s goal is to encourage “the shift from amputees being seen as having a disadvantage to maybe even having an unfair advantage.” Alleles Design has even got a line of activewear covers inspired by and Paralympic Games athlete Michelle Salt, who wears them when he’s snowboarding.
Photos: Alison Andersen