Germany-based design firm Uono has discovered a way to make a casket both green and…stylish? (for lack of a better word).
Environmentally-friendly handmade Cocoon, composed of rapidly-renewable untreated jute and natural resin, sports a Ã¢â‚¬Å“new, timeless shape and an overall look free of the associations of the typical rectilinear casket,Ã¢â‚¬Â according to the firmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Web site.
It is also significantly lighter than traditional designs, insuring an easier journey into the ground. This high-gloss, podlike departure from standard fare has blasted into the market. The firm recently received a Silver Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and Business Week magazine.