Design for the Afterlife

The Final Turn, a funerary urn designed by internationally-known Seattle architect, Tom Kundig

SEATTLE, June 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The topics of loss and grieving, and the objects associated with them, are not often associated with high design. With The Final Turn, a funerary urn designed by internationally-recognized architect Tom Kundig, perhaps that will change.

The idea for the urn began when Greg Lundgren (artist, entrepreneur and owner of Lundgren Monuments), began to realize that memorials—and urns in particular—were not designed with the quality and attention that they should receive. Lundgren approached Kundig with the possibility of collaborating on an urn that defied this trend.

The Final Turn consists of two halves of an eight inch diameter blackened steel or bronze sphere—the halves are threaded with a noticeable offset from one another when they meet. "While the sphere implies perfection and eternity, the offset nature of the urn is inspired by the people left behind—the people whose lives are thrown off-kilter by the passing of their loved one," says Kundig. A threaded cap at the top of the stem on the lower half of the urn provides access to the receptacle for the remains. The upper half includes a compartment designed to house mementos. The flat halves on the exterior accommodate inscriptions if desired.

For pricing or to purchase the limited edition urn, visit For direct inquires, email or call 206-910-2432. The Final Turn is handcrafted by Paolo Croatto Metalwork.

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