Hue Urn, designed for Hue Memorial Park, BonHyangJeon, aims to express the bond and union between family members that goes beyond life and death.
It features a more premium and compact design than traditional domestic urns. Unlike conventional domestic urns, which are cylindrical and bulky, the square design allows more urns to fit inside a single columbarium compartment. It uses interior tiles used in architecture to create a luxurious and warm look. Among the interior tiles, it uses tiles with antibacterial functions to block off bacteria and insects.
Cremation is the preferred method of funerals in Korea and is growing in popularity. Family members of the deceased often take the remains to a columbarium, which in Korea is often costly. However, traditional Korean urns, typically cylindrical and made of ceramic, take up a lot of space inside the compartment. Therefore, designing Hue to be rectangular allows more urns to be placed together. In addition, the antibacterial element of the tiles ensures that the inside does not get infected or damaged.
The straight lines of the body and the curved lines of the lid give it an elegant, oriental look. Hue consists of an ABS body and thin ceramic tiles inserted into the body, and this structure makes it much thinner and sturdier than traditional domestic jars made of thicker ceramic. Since the tiles are inserted into the body, they are replaceable, allowing various tile and color combinations for future product lines. The nameplate also takes inspiration from plaques. It serves as a way to show respect for the deceased's life. The nameplate, a focal point of the product, is detachable, allowing users to customize its contents.
Hue’s rectangular shape makes it more space-efficient, allowing more urns to fit into a single columbarium compartment and also allowing the columbarium to host more final resting places. It can be more space-efficient for shipping and storage, reducing carbon emissions associated with transportation. Additionally, the replaceable tiles structure means better longevity, allowing the tiles to be replaced when damaged.
Creative directing - Sungho Park
Product design - Bomi Kim, Fabiano Lee, Seongyong Lee