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Lexus Design Award 2014
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2613 designers from 87 different countries participated
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design for death architecture
in collaboration with the LIEN FOUNDATION, ACM FOUNDATION, and supported by the NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (NFDA)

2412 designers from 92 different countries participated
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ASIA AWARDS 2013
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1861 designers from 43 different countries participated
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OLED LIGHTING International Design Competition
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2327 designers from 89 countries participated
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design for death
in collaboration with the LIEN FOUNDATION, ACM FOUNDATION, and supported by the NATIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION (NFDA)

2050 participants from 96 countries

design for death

turnlight
apr 17, 2013
turnlight by Agnese Dal Pont, Agnese Nicchio, Barbara Mori, Carla D'andrea from italy

designer's own words:

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tURNlight transforms the Urn from a simple ash container to a generator of emotions, radically changing the common concept of it. tURNlight is built with the ash itself to obtain a more profound contact with the deceased. The “contact” takes place on two levels: a physical level through the touch of the urn surface and a spiritual level, using the subconscious of the REM sleep, in which we are accompanied by a gradual shutdown of emitted light. It is scientifically proven that dreaming helps to overcome grief and painful memories. "The stage of sleep in which we dream has an unique neurochemical composition that gives us a sort of night therapy, like a soothing balm that removes the most painful moments of emotional lived experiences." (Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology)

The light emitted by tURNlight across holes in the surface reflects the soul of our Dear one and creates an immersive atmosphere thanks to the special lighting effect. It helps to feel closer the beloved dead one and it helps you to live the grief of his/her loss more peacefully. The ignition of tURNlight takes place simply by stroking the glass base, which uses the technology of capacitive touchscreen, evoking the gesture of caressing the beloved. The environment is gradually illuminated by a soft light that helps introspection and gently brings the person to sleep. During REM, the desire to communicate with the beloved grows stronger and tURNlight lets you to feel his/her presence again inducing a serene awakening. This process helps the gradual overcoming of loss. tURNlight is composed of a cap made of ash, held together by a minimum cement compound, on which holes of variable size are made. The cap is installed on a frosted glass support equipped with capacitive touchscreen technology. Inside, the lighting element can be switched on and off with a circulation effect thanks to a timer that controls the switching.


concept

diurnal view and detail


video


nocturnal view

nocturnal view

nocturnal view of the room and the entire atmosphere

  • This is a amazing idea, I just don’t know how to feel about it. Everyone knows not to touch ash- but this gives you the chance to touch them. I have some of my dad’s ashes, just not sure how the family would feel about making him a light. Still a super cool idea.

    Deedra says:
  • Thank you for this wonderful idea. I will remember this when it is my parent’s time. I am so close with them not sure what I will be like when that time comes. This would be a great idea to help me let them go.

    Tammy says:
  • “Everyone knows not to touch ash” – have you ever thought about the fact that the fingers doing the touching are composed of re-used matter that may have been incorporated into billions of organic lifeforms over the years. Matter is not special. It is everywhere. Spirit however, is only the real you.

    Noah Hornberger says:
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