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JOE GABBIA Jr DESIGNER AND CO-FOUNDER OF AIRBNB
jae rhim leE CEOOF COEIO. THE INFINITY BURIAL SUIT
Jae Rhim Lee is an artist-entrepreneur who has revolutionized our thinking about burial practices by de- veloping a special burial suit made with all natural, biodegradable pollution-gabbling mushrooms. Her business, Coeio, “reunites the body with the earth and the ongoing cycle of life.” Jae Rhim Lee’s “graduate work at MIT focused on the development of living units, furniture, wearables, and recycling systems to propose unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the natural environment. Her work critically engaged governmental institutions, industries, and social norms, specifi - cally concerning waste and death and dying.” “A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ms. Lee has long been obsessed with how hu- mans relate to their environment. She used her body as a test subject once before, adhering to a strict vegan diet to see if her urine could nourish plants. She grew cabbage that she then made it into kimchi."
Joe Gabbua is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he received a Bach- elor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic and Industrial Design. It is there that he met his future business partner and co-founder Brian Chesky. Joe then complemented his creative abilities with business coursework at Brown University and MIT. Joe used his design degree to shape the design aesthetic and culture of AirBnb. In 2016 he also launched a company called Samara, a design and innovation lab which has expanded his work into urban planning.
“I started to question why we’re so disgusted with our bodies,” she said, adding, “I want to challenge those taboos where we don’t think that we’re animals.” ( The New York Times , April 22, 2016)
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