To reduce the incidence of organ rejection in transplant patients, some doctors will create “ghost hearts.” The idea is to flush all the cells from an organ, leaving nothing but a pale, white matrix of collagen and other structural proteins, in the shape of the organ.
After this, the donor organ is repopulated with stem cells from the patient, and transplanted into the patient. This makes complication from infection and rejection much less likely, even when the organ is a xenograft, or from a different species. [x]
Nothingness! To accept the great nothingness of life seemed to be the one end of living. All the many busy and important little things that make up the grand sum-total of nothingness!D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
What happens when famed art collector and Deste Foundation founder Dakis Joannou joins forces with what is arguably the most offbeat and mind-boggling publication out there? In an attempt to document his unparalleled collection of Radical Design furniture, Joannou commissioned artist/provocateur Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari - the creative masterminds behind TOILETPAPER magazine - to create a book that proudly celebrates a period that marked a revolutionary shift in stylistic direction in Italian design.
Founded in the late 1960s by a progressive group of Italian designers, the Radical Design movement was firmly opposed to the ethics – and indeed the very notion of – ‘good design’ or taste. Stemming from a loathing of the sterile state that design had come to at the time due to the uninspiring prevailing trends of previous decades, groups like Archizoom and Superstudio challenged the perception of furniture design and the gravity applied to function as opposed to form, giving birth to remarkable objects of surprising proportions, playful shapes and bold colours. (by Demetrios Gkiouzelis)