DEATH IN EVERYDAY LIFE

DEATH IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Design: Fabrica Workshop Team
Workshop Topic: "The First & Last 7 Days of Your Life" with Mathieu Lehauner
Date: June 2010

The project aims to bring the subject of death into everyday life in a light and reassuring way. To appreciate that, sooner or later, we will die can help us to live a more fulfilling life. We have created 2 archetypal everyday objects, that have been subtly changed to make people aware of their own mortality. The project is an outcome of a Fabrica workshop with French Designer Mathieu Lehanneur, focused on 'The first 7 days and the last 7 days of your life'. 

EPITAPH CLOTHING LABEL

EPITAPH CLOTHING LABEL

The clothing of a deceased person can be seen as a kind of legacy, in the same way that a public bench with a memorial plaque can be a kind of legacy. Often when an elderly relative dies, the family (with a slight sense of guilt) donate the clothing to a second hand charity shop. Such shops are filled with the belongings and clothing of anonymous deceased individuals. The epitaph clothing label is a simple fabric label that bears a few words of remembrance to the deceased person. It can be sewn into the clothing before being donated to a charity shop, so the purchaser of the garment can have a small insight into the history and personality of the previous owner.

EPITAPH CLOTHING LABEL

EPITAPH CLOTHING LABEL

The clothing of a deceased person can be seen as a kind of legacy, in the same way that a public bench with a memorial plaque can be a kind of legacy. Often when an elderly relative dies, the family (with a slight sense of guilt) donate the clothing to a second hand charity shop. Such shops are filled with the belongings and clothing of anonymous deceased individuals. The epitaph clothing label is a simple fabric label that bears a few words of remembrance to the deceased person. It can be sewn into the clothing before being donated to a charity shop, so the purchaser of the garment can have a small insight into the history and personality of the previous owner.

 

FAMOUS LAST WORDS BIRTHDAY CARD

FAMOUS LAST WORDS BIRTHDAY CARD

Acknowledging that we might die very soon can help us to appreciate life, and enjoy what we have. The Last Words Birthday Card plays with this idea by making someone aware of their own mortality in a way that can be inspiring and humorous. The card is given to some one as a gift on their birthday, much like a conventional birthday card, however the card bears the last words of someone who died at the same age. It aims to surprise and shock the receiver in its heavy subject matter – acknowledging that Bob Marley died at 36, makes us realize we could very well do the same. The heaviness of this revelation is balanced by the optimism, humour and profoundness of their last words - they speak more about enjoying life than dreading death.

 

FAMOUS LAST WORDS BIRTHDAY CARD

FAMOUS LAST WORDS BIRTHDAY CARD

Acknowledging that we might die very soon can help us to appreciate life, and enjoy what we have. The Last Words Birthday Card plays with this idea by making someone aware of their own mortality in a way that can be inspiring and humorous. The card is given to some one as a gift on their birthday, much like a conventional birthday card, however the card bears the last words of someone who died at the same age. It aims to surprise and shock the receiver in its heavy subject matter – acknowledging that Bob Marley died at 36, makes us realize we could very well do the same. The heaviness of this revelation is balanced by the optimism, humour and profoundness of their last words - they speak more about enjoying life than dreading death.