Commemoration by Greg Smith
Commemoration is a collection of objects designed to preserve the memories of deceased loved ones in a tangible way, offering alternative, non-religious rituals for remembering the dead. Created by Greg Smith, a graduate of Kingston University in the UK, the airtight glass vessels are designed to capture the scent of the person who has passed away, as scent is a significant memory trigger.
The collection consists of a glass-domed hairbrush; a bottle to house a loved one’s garment; and a DNA capturer. DNA contains MHA (the coding of human scent), so this object is designed with the intention of some day recreating the deceased’s scent – if genetic laws ever allowed this.
Smith showed Commemoration at the Variant exhibition last month as part of London Design Festival 2012. For more London Design Festival highlights, see the Stylus Events report, London Design Festival.