It's seldom that I get excited about urns, but this concept, by Ukrainian designer Anna Marinenko, has me seriously considering cremation. Still just a prototype, these urns are not available yet, but hopefully, they will be soon. Combining an elegant, modern modular design, and a timeless spooky / cute aesthetic, the urns pack a symbolic punch.
They are universal like a pall, and personal like an programed iPhone, providing a tent for our remains after the earthly one has become dust.
Part Tupperware, part spaceship, part tchochke, part reliquary, this urn arrives with an instant familiarity that makes it seem like it's always been with us. It a design that seems so obvious in hindsight, that it makes me wish it was my own idea!
I'm not sure what the planned dimensions are, but from the look of the capsule, the urns would need to be at least a foot tall or more to hold the standard volume of an adult's cremated remains.
If smaller (and I would suggest that these urns be made available in both sizes) it would hold only a keepsake portion.
In addition to the porcelain model, there are designs for metal urns in a silver tone and a gold/ bronze tone.
There seems to be a bit of a resemblance between the ghost and the gentleman in the photo below (the frame is also the work of Ms. Marinenko).
For more information about this exciting design, and other intriguing product design, interior design and visualization work, visit Ms. Marinenko's site or her livejournal page