Funeral design


WHERE: Poland
ORGANIZER: NURN.design for death, Art Academy in Szczecin, School of Form in Warsaw, Omega magazine
TIME: 2015-2020
METHOD: Various – paper, concrete, wooden and ceramic urns for ashes, as well as educational classes and industry seminars

Together with Martyna Ochojska and Rafal Sadowski, we have created the NURN brand, which specialized at premium urn design and production. Our products were manufactured locally with the assistance of experienced craftsmen. We focused on searching for new materials and alternative design solutions. Our projects include entirely biodegradable urn Kami with a new form of sea burial ceremony, ceramic urn Mika, concrete urn Thos and veneered urns Sylva.

I was in charge of Pracownia Projektowania Opakowan at the Faculty of Painting and New Media at the Art Academy in Szczecin. Third year Bachelor’s Industrial Design students, specializing in Visual Communication, were given a task to design an urn for ashes (“packaging for death”).

Whilst working with young designers, I paid special attention to teaching them how to familiarize the topic of death within the society, as well as implement proper design solutions. As part of our classes, there were four experimental projects.

Currently, I am teaching at the School of Form of SWPS University in Warsaw at the Faculty of Industrial Design. I work with Fourth Year Bachelor’s students on the project of urns for animal ashes that could be stored at home. My aim is to reach a point, where the society is accustomed to the subject of animal death, as well as implement a design project in cooperation with Estima Group company.

From 2016 till 2018 I was publishing a series of articles for the Omega magazine on the topics of branding, burial history and traditions, as well as forecasting future trends in the funeral industry.

2018 | Warsaw | PROJEKTOWANIE WSZEDZIE 40 lat wydzialu Wzornictwa Akademii Sztuk Pieknych w Warszawie | editorship: Czeslawa Frejlich, Magda Kochanowska | published by the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw | ISBN: 978-83-65455-91-8 | THOS – concrete urn project | p. 204-205
2018 | Cracow | Z DRUGIEJ STRONY RZECZY. POLSKI DIZAJN PO 1989 | editorship: Czeslawa Frejlich | published by the National Museum in Cracow | ISBN: 978-83-7581-269-5 | Kami / NURN – biodegradable urn project | p. 204-205
2015 | Warsaw | COMING OUT najlepsze dyplomy ASP w Warszawie 2015 | published by the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw| ISBN: 978-83-63594-91-6 | Kami / NURN – biodegradable urn project | p. 144-149
2020 | ETAPES 254 magazine, mars-avril 2020 | ISSN: 1774–5160 | author: Stella Ammar | MORTIS DESIGN Penser la vie après la mort | p. 102-107
2018 | Kultura Pogrzebu magazine No. 7(165)/2018 | ISSN: 1733770–4 | author: Dariusz Jastrzebski | Urny z przeslaniem | p. 14-18
2017 | Kultura Pogrzebu magazine No. 7(153)/2017 | ISSN: 1733770–4 | author: Jacek Kaluszko | Urny moga byc dzielem sztuki | p. 16-19
2016 | OMEGA idea book magazine No. 4/2016 | ISSN: 1230-8994 | author: Katarzyna Supa | Innowacyjne i niebanalne. Urny premium. | p. 11
2016 | OMEGA idea book magazine No. 2/2016 | ISSN: 1230-8994 | author: Katarzyna Supa | Pochowek na morzu | p. 6
2016 | Projekt Prawda book | ISBN: 978-83-94118-3-4 | author: Mariusz Szczygiel | Prawda kogos, kto zyje | published by Dowody na istnienie | p. 234 (interview)
2016 | Brand magazine No. 36/2015 | ISSN: 1898-9284 | author: Katarzyna Andrzejczyk-Briks | [nie]obecnosc | p. 44-45
2015 | Gazeta Wyborcza DUZY FORMAT magazine 19.11.15 | ISSN: 1230-4670 | author: Mariusz Szczygiel | Badzmy | p. 2
2015 | DESIGN ALIVE online magazine | accessed 1 November 2015 | author: Angelika Ogrocka | EKOLOGICZNA URNA DLA NOMADOW