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Posted By Sarah Rich On October 6, 2005 @ 5:15 pm In Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Back in July, we wrote about the Bios Urn [1], a container for cremation ashes which biodegrades over time, distributing seedlings into the earth and sprouting trees in memory of the deceased. Belgian design company, Maximal Design [2] has also been inspired by the universal need for designs surrounding death rites. Their Soul Ash Solace [3] is a cremation coffin and urn in one.

The coffin itself is made from lightweight, eco-friendly cardboard, wood and paper mache, all of which burn easily without emitting harmful vapors into the air. The stainless steel urn, which is shaped like an hour-glass to symbolize that “time heals all wounds,” sits on top of the coffin. The urn withstands the heat of the burning process and gains a uniquely colored patina from the flames.

The idea with Soul Ash Solace [3] is not only to bring beautiful design to a process we all go through, but also to create an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly solution to a ritual that can often be costly and polluting. The design was a nominee in this year’s Index: [4] in Copenhagen, a well-deserved recognition of forward-thinking design for a largely unacknowledged, though truly universal life event.

Link: www.maximaldesign.com [2]

Link: www.index2005.dk [5]

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[1] Bios Urn: http://www.inhabitat.com/entry_269.php

[2] Maximal Design: http://www.maximaldesign.com

[3] Soul Ash Solace: http://www.maximaldesign.com/cases/soulashsolace.html

[4] Index:: http://www.index2005.dk/Members/sibabami/bodyObject

[5] www.index2005.dk: http://www.index2005.dk

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