A neon sign reading 'Hands of X' in white letters sits next to two hands made of wood and leather. Underneath, three rows of seven pigeon holes are visible, each housing a black cardboard box with Hands of X on the lid. The view is through a window, mundane fluorescent lighting visible indoors.



Hands of X

is a project exploring radical material choices in prosthetic hands.

Our SS18 collection of hands draws on a palette of everyday materials, each familiar and understated, yet rich in associations. We are challenging the dominant prosthetic material palettes of ‘realistic’ pink plastics and cyborg-like carbon fibre with leathers, woods, acetates, felts and metals. Already got the question casino spiele kostenlos ohne anmeldung? Go to the site and win!

Every hand will be made to order. Wearers can prototype their hand in-shop, trying different material combinations before making a final specification. We use flexible fabrication technologies to make each hand from the specified materials in the correct size, working with a network of makespaces and manufacturers. The best offer for gamblers online casino. Come on. Increased chance of winning!

We are inspired by materials-led clothing and footwear labels like Universal Works and Camper, and the Supernormal design philosophy of Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa and Muji.

In July and September we piloted our in-shop service with a trial of our Spring Summer 2018 collection, at Cubitts eyewear in Kings X, and a dedicated shop space in Glasgow’s East end.

A diverse collection of wearers and non-wearers, fashion designers, prosthetics professionals and artists each joined us for a 30 minute one-to-one appointment to explore materials and finishes from the collection, before specifying and trying their hand design

Hands of X is currently featured in the Access + Ability exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian in NYC. You can read a New York Times feature on the exhibition here.


More images and writing on Hands of X will follow as a book. In the meantime, we’d be delighted to hear from you

office@handsofx.co.uk




A planchest drawer containing hand shapes made in subtly differing woods. We can see six but there are more out of frame. Other shapes are upholstered in different leathers: a simplified base of a thumb and a band across the knuckles. Holes in the hands allow these to be assembled as a jigsaw.


A hand viewed end-on, slightly clenched. The fingers are made of beech, a pale wood with a fine flecked grain familiar from chopping boards. The hand is abstracted, squarer than a human hand, with interlocking joints between each finger section. A tan leather gaiter is just visible over the thumb.


A man in a black jacket leans over a table where a man and a woman are seated. The woman is head of eyewear for a famous fashion brand; the man a renowned spectacle designer. The Hands of X salesperson is showing them different models of prosthetic hand, prior to them specifying their own.


A detail of another hand. The fingers are in a pale cedar wood. A partial leather glove in the darkest brown encases the knuckles, a discrete stitched seam just visible along the little finger. Two circular leather pads are on the inside faces of the index and middle fingers, opposite the thumb.




Hands of X is a collaboration between DJCAD at University of Dundee and Institute of Making at UCL, supported by RCUK.