(Re)design Death



Sarco Presentation Video

Sarco at Venice Design 2019


What if we dared to imagine that our last day might also be one of our most exciting?

What if we had more than mere dignity to look forward to on our last day on this planet?

The Idea

Where Art Meets its End … The concept of a capsule that could produce a rapid decrease in oxygen level, while maintaining a low CO2 level, (the conditions for a peaceful, even euphoric death) led to Sarco’s development.

Is it art or … ?

The elegant design was intended to suggest a sense of occasion: of travel to a ‘new destination’, and to dispel any ‘yuk’ factor.


Philip Nitschke
Philip Nitschke

Philip Nitschke

Philip Nitschke is the founder and director of Exit International.

A former medical doctor, in 1996 Philip helped four of his terminally ill patients to die using Australia’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.

Philip is the co-author of:

  • Killing Me Softly: Voluntary Euthanasia and the Road to the Peaceful Pill (with Fiona Stewart) (Penguin, 2005)
  • The Peaceful Pill Handbook (with Fiona Stewart) (Exit International, 2020)
  • Damned If I Do (with Peter Corris) (Melbourne University Press, 2013)

Philip has designed several end of life machines including the CoGen and the DestinyThe Deliverance Machine (used in the Northern Territory by his patients in 1996) is on permanent display in the British Science Museum in London.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sarco Presentation Video

Who can replace the utter macabre-ness of the necessity of death
with something more palatable?