The Icon 20/20 Designers: Revital Cohen 01.05.09

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Respiratory Dog, 2008

Easily the youngest person on this list, Revital Cohen only left the Royal College of Art last year, but her graduation project was deep in pioneering territory. Cohen explored using animals as life-support machines - an idea that will make many uncomfortable and yet which is potentially more humane and rewarding than plugging someone into a machine. Respiratory Dog proposed using a retired dog-track greyhound - which would normally be put down - as a respiratory device. Its rapid breath rate is converted via a bellows to replace a machine ventilator. Dialysis Sheep, meanwhile, uses a specially bred ewe as a dialysis machine - roaming free during the day and filtering your blood through its kidneys at night. This all might sound far-fetched but Cohen's project is already stirring up debate. With ideas that resonate with both the design and medical communities, she has the potential to achieve great things.

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Respiratory Dog, 2008

 

Image

Adam Laycock

 

Words

Justin McGuirk, Johanna Agerman, William Wiles, Anna Bates, Beatrice Galilee, Oliver Wainwright, Alex Pasternack, Matthew Barac, Sean Dodson

 

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