What is worthy of a life?
Passages International Inc.
A shortage of funeral options led us to develop a completely new type of funeral urn. And it turned out we were not alone in wanting a dignified alternative for our dismissal.
It started as a discussion during lunch one day at the office: How did we want ourselves to be buried in the end? The opinions varied but one thing was sure: We lacked a more dignified and personal farewell than what was offered today. We focused on highlighting our place in nature, relevant to any religion. And after lunch a new funeral urn began to take shape.
We thought of an urn for sea burials, formed like a seashell, or a boat – comfortable to embrace and bring to the relatives, and floating on the waves for a while before slowly sinking to the bottom. We did it in thin pressed recycled paper that allows rapid dissolution and distribution of ashes well down at the bottom. For families there is the ability to write or draw a message on the urn, or put messages in an opening on top.
Some lunches later, we were suddenly bombarded with people from all over the world who had seen our urn in various design blogs and wanted to buy it. Wow! It turned out we were many who wanted an alternative to the amphora-urn.
And soon did the world’s leading producer of biodegradable urns; American Passages International Inc. now manufactures it. After over a year of development together, it is sold worldwide through funeral homes.
In 2011 Lots received the Red Dot Product Design Award for Memento in Essen with co-designer Sofie Gillstedt.