All hands to the pulp

Charles Cowling

I wonder what you will think of this new coffin from Denmark. It is pressed from recycled paper pulp. Here are the key features, helpfully translated by Mr Google.

1. The coffin is made of molded pulp

2. The coffin weight is approx. 6kg against wooden coffins from approx. 20kg and over

3. The coffin is environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Made from long fiber recycled paper, pulp

4. The coffin is treated with environmentally friendly material that is water resistant and can tolerate water in a prescribed time

5. The coffin is treated with environmentally friendly material which makes it compliant to the ignition of cremation

6. The coffin has built-in handle in the side of the coffin, the opposite usually externally on the coffin

7. Closing the coffin has been made without screws

8. The coffin shape is both rectangular (as in Nordic and other countries) and trapezoidal (as in several other countries)

9. The coffin bottom is standard with normal apron (as a bottom frame) but has a special angled seam at all four corners for inserting the feet. This has been designed for countries that use feet on coffins

10. The coffin interior bottom has a fold in the middle, so that Muslims can be laying on the side according to their burial rules

11. The coffin comes in any colouring a customer may wish, even a colour of coffin bottom, another for the lid, a third colour of the urn base and a fourth colour for urn lid

12. The coffin ornaments, such as a cross to a Christian person, an anchor for a sailor, hammer and sickle to a communist and many others decorations are supplied separately for mounting by the customer wishes

13. The coffin belonging urn comes with the coffin and is made of the same material as the coffin. Colour can be chosen different from the coffin as mentioned above.

14.Received Awards

The product received 40,000 from “Growth through counseling”

The product received 100,000 from ”The Research and Innovation Agency”

The product received 10,000 and Environment Prize from “Denmark’s best idea on Fyn in 2010”

More info and pics here and here.

 

9 thoughts on “All hands to the pulp

  1. Charles Cowling
    charles

    I don’t think they are, Mark. I contacted them and they responded, but I’ve heard nothing since. Probably a bit too way-out for most FDs — but a very promising piece of design, I think.


    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Mark Shaw

    is anyone wholesaleing them in the UK?


    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    james

    I like it too – especially the almost art deco alcoves where the family members’ arm goes when carrying underhand. (which is how this Toblerone casket is meant to be carried, methinks).
    And yes, the flatter one for me too. (A good many coffins seem too deep – especially willow……….. perhaps they are designed so the person’s head is raised on a pillow as in sleep/life.)


    Charles Cowling
  4. Charles Cowling
    Kathryn Edwards

    Dear Paul,

    I think much of the problem is indeed in the translation: I’d guess the ‘awards’ data refers to size of cash grants in units of local currency!

    And I think they mean that the handles are streamlined within the contours of the box, rather than sticking out, which could be an important aesthetic for some people.


    Charles Cowling
  5. Charles Cowling
    Charles Cowling

    Yes, NB, I think it looks pretty tall – in the continental style. They do a ‘flatter’ one.

    I like the style. I like the colours. It’s basically made out of egg box, isn’t it? See how light it is!


    Charles Cowling
  6. Charles Cowling
    gloria mundi

    Yeah, it’d do for me – provided it isn’t too expensive.


    Charles Cowling
  7. Charles Cowling
    Paul Hensby

    Design rather brutal, more stark industrial, less Bang and Olufsen. 14 selling points, some of which lost in translation such as ‘The coffin has built-in handle in the side of the coffin, the opposite usually externally on the coffin.’
    And I rather think this could look naff: ‘The coffin comes in any colouring a customer may wish, even a colour of coffin bottom, another for the lid, a third colour of the urn base and a fourth colour for urn lid.’
    You can’t criticise them for assessing every niche market: ‘The coffin ornaments, such as a cross to a Christian person, an anchor for a sailor, hammer and sickle to a communist and many others decorations are supplied separately.’
    Not sure I believe the number of awards: ‘100,000 from the Research and Innovation Agency.’ It will do well to have 100,000 users, although this feature makes it stand out from its competitors: ‘The coffin bottom is standard with normal apron (as a bottom frame) but has a special angled seam at all four corners for inserting the feet. This has been designed for countries that use feet on coffins.’
    I rest my case, geddit?


    Charles Cowling
  8. Charles Cowling
    Norfolk Boi

    It looks high – higher than 13 or 14 inches, or is that just me?


    Charles Cowling

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