In the world of funerals, cremations and peaceful farewells for the one that passed away, traditional services make place for more creative and personal goodbyes. What is more beautiful then to carry all the personal memories of a deceased loved one in memory-box?21 Grams is a memory-box designed by Mark Sturkenboom, that allows a widow to go back to the intimate memories of a lost beloved one. After a passing, the missing of intimacy with that person is only one aspect of the pain and grieve. This forms the base for 21 Grams. The urn offers the possibility to conserve 21 grams of ashes of the diseased and displays an immortal desire. By bringing different nostalgic moments together like the scent of his perfume, ‘their’ music and reviving the moment he gave her her first ring, it opens a window to go back to moments of love and intimacy.

She is able to have an intimate night with her sweetheart again. The cabinet functions also as an acoustic amplifier. In the back of the cabinet there is room for an iPhone, the music plays their music through the ‘forget me not’ flowers on the inside of the cabinet. The key to this cabinet is also a golden collier. So that she is the only one who can access the cabinet. 21 Grams is not only a way to tempt a person to revive an intimate night with her love again but also displays an accusation against the unavoidable passing of life. This memory-box shows us that ‘death’ is no longer a taboo or the final end. We believe in infinity, the person is physically gone but the soul is captured. We can relive a moment with this soul whenever we feel a need.
21-gram1source + Dutch Design Week 2014

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