Lisa Merk’s tactile mini urns give mourners one-on-one time to say goodbye


Lund College scholar Lisa Merk has designed a sequence of small urns that may be held throughout funeral ceremonies to cut back the anxieties of bereavement.

Exhibited at this years Stockholm Furniture Fair, the Tactile Notion urns are an try to reimagine modern burial rites.

Merk’s picket pebble-shaped urns, full of the ashes of the deceased, present family and associates with consolation in the course of the service. Afterwards, they’ve the choice to maintain the urn for ongoing comfort, or return it to a bigger urn for burial.

Produced from untreated ash, beech and walnut, the sleek urns are designed to slot in the palm of the person’s hand, in the same strategy to anxiety-easing fear stones.

Tactile Perception urn by Lisa Merk Lund University

“I had the imaginative and prescient that such a delicate, hand-sized mini-urn with a symbolic a part of ashes inside may function an alternative choice to the deceased particular person,” Merk informed Dezeen.

“Since funerals are very emotional and demanding occasions I wished to offer one thing for the mourners that they may maintain onto and even share their disappointment with, no less than for the second of the service.”

Tactile Perception urn by Lisa Merk Lund University

As soon as the smaller urns have been full of ashes, they’re designed to not be opened once more.

Tactile Notion is one in all 24 projects from Lund University exhibited within the Greenhouse younger designers part of the Stockholm Furniture Fair. The commercial design masters college students got the temporary to discover the origin of modern-day merchandise and their environmental impression.

Tactile Perception urn by Lisa Merk Lund University

In addition to altering our burial habits, Merk’s design makes an attempt to be a sustainable various to funeral rituals.

Because the urns are constituted of untreated wooden, they are going to readily decompose if family and associates select to bury the urn.

Tactile Perception urn by Lisa Merk Lund University

“The principle intention is to point out an idea that offers with making funerals more healthy for our planet,” mentioned Merk. “I did analysis on standard funeral strategies and processes. Right here I discovered some inconsistencies by way of environmental friendliness of coffins and urns in addition to the passiveness of the family.”

“I need to present that rethinking within the burial sector is feasible,” she added.

Merk just isn’t the one designer to have rethought funeral rituals by way of the creation of other urns. Gerard Moliné’s biodegradable urn combines the ashes of the deceased with a seed which will grow into a tree, whereas Wolfgang Natlace’s egg-shaped urn which rocks back and forth like a Weeble toy to supply a substitute for the “gray and unhappy conformism of loss of life”.