This takes the cake for the most profoundly spiritual redesign in recent memory. A pair of Italian designers have approached the boring and taboo realm of death and presented more pre-Christian look at burial rites: "Death is the return to the natural cycle of life. Death is part of living and therefore created, the Capsula Mundi, a biodegradable coffin, that allows the body to decay naturally. A tree will be planted as a remarker above each coffin at burial. And so the burial ground will grow into a sacred, memorial woodland."
To quote Inhabitat's Sarah:
The Capsula Mundi is an egg-shaped container made of bioplastic. The body of the deceased rests in a fetal position within this capsule, which gets planted in the earth like a bulb. A shallow circular depression is dug above the capsule to symbolize the presence of the body, in the center of which a tree is planted. Over time, the groups of burial sites become a sacred memorial grove.
Very beautiful, indeed.