A new urn concept that brings solace to mourners

View all 7 Photos

Designer Nienke Hoogvliet gives a new meaning to “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

A few years ago, images and video from the ancient Sky Burial practice made the rounds on several prominent websites. The gruesome nature of the Tibetan ritual horrified some yet it also captivated many others. It not only put the relationship between man and nature in a different light by removing any extraneous elements to present the cycle of decay and nature’s reclamation of the human body in all its gory glory, but, more importantly, it challenged Western societies to face their own taboos regarding death.

Following on the same footsteps of strengthening the connection between man and the natural world, the Mourn urn provides a slightly more palatable solution to eliminate the barriers between the body and the earth it shortly inhabits after death. Created by Dutch designer and researcher Nienke Hoogvliet, the urn explores the concept of ecological burial with the specific ‘needs’ of the soil in mind for optimal integration. Nature lies at heart of the design which also redefines the classic urn and reimagines it not as a vessel, but as a completely organic object.

Every urn features a blend of cremation ashes along with a type of bio-plastic which is reclaimed from waste water and can be consumed by certain small organisms. Using one of three types of soil – over-fertilized, rich, or poor – the designer can make the urns as localized as possible and thus ensure that they disintegrate into a specific plot of land at a natural pace. It goes without saying that Mourn minimizes impact on the local flora and fauna, while also preventing groundwater and soil pollution. Unlike other biodegradable urns, this one’s designed with the burial site in mind. Literally made of earth, it provides the most natural vessel for the remains of loved ones. It gives the body back to nature in a simple and beautiful way. Instead of the birds of prey of the Sky Burial, the body is reclaimed by the earth in a process that is just as natural and maybe easier to bear.

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

Take me there

  • A Beautiful Hotel in Oia Greece

    A 19th-century home transformed into an elegant hotel. Located on the gorgeous island of Santorini,…

  • 72 Hours in Oslo

    A complete Oslo travel guide to make a short trip to the city memorable. Founded…

  • Istoria Hotel

    A sophisticated retreat in Santorini, Greece. Built in eastern Santorini, away from the island’s popular…

  • The Olea Hotel

    An oasis of relaxation on a picturesque Greek island. Located on a hill on the…

More for you

                array(5) {
  ["post__not_in"]=>
  array(1) {
    [0]=>
    int(205225)
  }
  ["tag__not_in"]=>
  array(2) {
    [0]=>
    int(16203)
    [1]=>
    int(9208)
  }
  ["posts_per_page"]=>
  int(12)
  ["caller_get_posts"]=>
  int(1)
  ["cat"]=>
  int(677)
}
            
  • Piknik Table

    A multifunctional picnic table designed to make the most of an outdoor space. Designed by…

  • Instrmnt’s A-Series Clock

    Minimalism meets industrial style in a versatile clock design. Glasgow-based multi-disciplinary design studio Instrmnt made…

  • Organico by Philipp Crass

    An eco-friendly furniture concept. Born in Southern Germany, Philipp Crass grew up in a rural…

  • The Bienvenido/Welcome Collection

    Furniture and accessories designed with modern living spaces in mind. Mexico City-based studio Christian Vivanco…

  • Orbit Light By Jesse Ede

    A creative design that references the movement of celestial bodies. South African artist and designer…

  • Introducing Como Audio

    A stylish multi-room audio system that brings your favorite tunes to any area of your…

  • The Soda Chair

    A fresh take on antique bentwood chairs. While distinctly modern and fresh, DesignByThem’s new Soda…

  • The Aluminum Ruler

    Designed with designers in mind. While they’re a must-have item for designers and architects, rulers…

  • The Shiftpod 2 Portable Shelter

    A portable shelter that can handle even extreme weather conditions. Designed by Advanced Shelter Systems,…

  • The Blanco Folding Sofa

    A perfect seating solution for modern living spaces. Made with function in mind, the new…

Close Cart