design for death

family tree

family tree by Yik-To Oscar KO, Yunduan GU from china

designer's own words:

Family Tree is a contemporary family gravestone and ash storing device which offers people a revolutionary concept of burial and memorialization of the deceased. The design utilizes the image of a tree to symbolize family ties and intends to strengthen the concept of being together with family members.

Each tree branch is an urn containing ashes of the deceased. After a family member passed away, his/her ash is to be put in the branch and fastened to trunk. The tree "grows" as members of the family passed away.

In addition, Family Tree offers a new experience of memorializing the deceased. Apart from performing as an urn, each tree branch is a digital device storing personal information, memorable pictures, music and words of the deceased family member. While having a picnic under the Family Tree, family members may memorialize their loved ones by accessing those information digitally.


Family TreeA revoluntionary gravestoneDetailFamily may customize their tree based on the number of branches desired and shape of tree.Each “tree branch” is a digital device storing personal information, memorable pictures, music and words of the deceased family member. Family picnic

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