What is the future of death-care? How can technology and industrial design re-shape the death-care of tomorrow? When someone very dear to me passed away in 2011, I started to reflect on death and I got the inspiration that led me to design “Memorial.” Since I live in Japan, for over two years I couldn’t pay a visit to the place where that person is resting. For over two years I couldn’t leave her a flower, pray at her grave, or grieve together with my family. I was far from everything and everyone. Alone with my grief. Death puts an end to a living being’s existence, yet memory lives on in the dreams, thoughts, and imagery of the living and loving.
“Memorial” is a system-product consisting of a permanent crystal installation that replaces the traditional tombstone and a portable tablet-like device that allows for sharing contents, messages, and images. The crystal installation features a solar panel that makes it energy independent and environmentally friendly, and it is purposefully transparent so as to harmoniously blend in with the surroundings. The portable device features the same transparent design and an OLED touch screen to view contents. Both the installation and the portable device are connected to a server that manages the contents online.
‘’Memorial’’ will allow people to leave messages and images on the wall of their beloved directly from their smartphone or computer. People will be able to browse through the image gallery and the messages that others have left. Family and friends will have access to this information anytime anywhere so that distance and the passing of time will not erase the memory of the beloved.
In Loving Memory of Elena Calegari.