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Pétale - accompagnement au rituel de deuil (Petal - accompaniment to mourning ritual)


R + S studio combines a multidisciplinary background and joins their skills in product design, planning and sustainable development to bring new user-centered experiences around human and sensitive themes. Approaching design with a research-creation method, their different responses aim to a democratization while paying particular attention to details and materiality. Newly graduated from L’École de design of Université Laval in Spring 2018, the duo continues their personal and collective development - Marie-Pier, with a master's in research-oriented design, at L’École de design of Université Laval and Gabrielle, with a master's degree focused on sustainable city, at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.

Project description:
Petal reinterprets the notion of personification through a series of biodegradable products, using the funeral urn as central element to provoke an entry into mourning. The collection offers a new ritual based on enhancement of the body, putting in front ecological advantage and memorial heritage. Presence of the body is evoked by a distinction of form and texture in urn’s center and amplified by the add of “post-crematory” residues directly to the natural fiber materiality, causing thereby loss’ realization. Once underground, time interferes freeing ashes for a return to earth; a parallel to the passage through the mourning process.