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Crafted Urns

The ceramic urns are made of stoneware clay, wheel-thrown based on a working drawing and finished with a raku glaze in two different shades. The urns are made in six different shapes, named after cloud formations. They measure between 20 and 32 cm. The idea for the urns arose when Becker and Bache as design consultants were sorting through some old moulds at Kähler’s old ceramic workshop. Here they came across some of the urns that Kähler had produced.

Since they had both experienced the death of close family members they had no trouble recalling the emotions involved in choosing an urn at the undertaker’s. Becker and Bache both feel that the ritual surroundings funerals feels dated and flat. Our entire life above ground is driven by the desire to make the right choices in all aspects of life. But does one have to end one’s days in an industrially produced standard jar? It should be possible to include death as one of the key moments in life.

With their collection of Crafted Urns, R7B aims to offer a means of some sort of identification without making the event kitschy. The goal of R7B’s work is to enable our underground existence to measure up to our life above ground. With their Craftet Urns, Barbara Bendix Becker and Mette Bache have created a solemn and classic collection.

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R7B Copenhagen

R7B Copenhagen. Est. 1997

Barbara Bendix Becker b.1965, textile designer and Mette Bache b.1962, textile designer

Barbara Bendix Becker and Mette Bache have been working partners since 1997, and together they form R7B. They both graduated as textile designers from The Danish Design School in 1996. In 1997 they took part in the exhibition “Moving In”, which marked the opening of Danish Crafts. In 1999 they took part in the Design Biennale at Trapholt in Denmark. Most recently, they took part in the exhibition Unika which was shown at nine European design museums in 2002 and 2003. They have also worked as design consultants for exhibitions at the National Museum of Denmark and Thorvaldsens Museum.

The two women work mainly with textile but also with glass and ceramics. In their working processes they often explore the functional aspect, and they ascribe their inspiration to a humanistic cultural legacy. In their design, they aim for a classic timeless expression. The material is often simple and with a very clear form.

img c-r7b-01/Collection of Crafted Urns, Stratus
H: 20-32 cm
Deep forest green or midnight black
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img c-r7b-02/Collection of Crafted Urns, Cumulus
H: 20-32 cm
Deep forest green or midnight black
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img c-r7b-03/Collection of Crafted Urns, Virga
H: 20-32 cm
Deep forest green or midnight black
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img c-r7b-04/Collection of Crafted Urns, Nimbo
H: 20-32 cm
Deep forest green or midnight black
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img c-r7b-05/Collection of Crafted Urns, Cirrus
H: 20-32 cm
Deep forest green or midnight black
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img c-r7b-06/Collection of Crafted Urns, Altso
H: 20-32 cm
Deep forest green or midnight black
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