Olson Kundig unveils Recompose Seattle facility for composting human bodies

American firm Olson Kundig Architects has revealed plans for an after-death facility in Seattle where human bodies will be composted and turned into soil. The Seattle studio designed the 18,500-square-foot (1,719-square-metre) centre for Recompose, a company founded by Katrina Spade to offer an alternative to cremation and burial. The Recompose Seattle project follows Washington becoming […]

Exit Here funeral parlour is designed to have “the eclectic feel of home”

Hospitality entrepreneur Oliver Peyton has teamed up with Transit Studio to create a design-focused funeral parlour in west London, which aims to make clients more comfortable with the concept of death. Situated in the neighbourhood of Chiswick, Exit Here overhauls the experience of planning a funeral by immersing clients in a setting that shuns the […]

ArchiWorkshop holds funeral for Seoul house by wrapping it in gauze

This installation by South Korean studio ArchiWorkshop involved wrapping the interior of an abandoned house in Seoul in a layer of gauzy fabric to evoke a shamanistic death ritual. Titled Welcome and Illusion of Life, the project saw the empty structure transformed into a memorial dedicated to a space that was once filled with life, […]

Moying Huang conceives eco-crematorium within disused London power station

Royal College of Art graduate Moying Huang has designed an ecologically friendly crematorium that would use liquid cremation to eliminate emissions from traditional incineration processes. Named Funeral Futures, the proposed facility would be built around liquid cremation – a flame-free process where bodies are broken down in liquid over several hours. The eco-crematorium would be built in […]

Yeyang Liao creates chair that transforms into a coffin

Central Saint Martins graduate Yeyang Liao has created Coffin chair, an item of furniture that the owner can be cremated in after they die. Liao bent strips of wood in a set of 12 slightly different moulds using precise digital moulding techniques to form the seat of the chair. The moulded wood mimics the curvature […]

Fashion graduate designs queer funeral collection to “die fabulously”

Parsons School of Design graduate Jingle Yu has designed a collection of funeral wear for the deceased, which aims to tackle the idea that “dead people should be silent and unfashionable”. Called Die Fabulously, the conceptual graduate collection – which can also be worn by the living – features six garments that reject traditional, heteronormative […]

Philip Nitschke’s 3D-printed “death pod” lets users die at the press of a button

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has created a 3D-printed suicide machine that allows users to administer their own death in a matter of minutes. Called Sarco, the futuristic-looking machine features a coffin-like sealed pod with transparent panels. It sits on top of a raised platform that leans at an angle. By pressing a button on the […]

Five designs for a sustainable death

To celebrate Earth Day, we’re looking at ways you can be sustainable beyond the grave. We’ve picked out five eco-friendly designs for the deceased, including an egg-shaped burial pod and a cremation urn made of sewage water. Capsula Mundi by Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel Capsula Mundi is an egg-shaped pod, where the body of the deceased […]

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