A gem of a coffin

Charles Cowling

 

Posted by Richard Rawlinson 

As an admirer of mid-20th century Scandinavian furniture, I was interested to learn that Danish design company Jacob Jensen is collaborating with the country’s largest funeral directors, Tomerup Kister, to lay to rest the faux-brass kitschness of so many traditional coffins. 

The companies have produced the Diamant coffin and urn range inspired by gem-cutting and built in sustainable Nordic birch with a white or black, matt or gloss finish. Inside, conventional silk upholstery is replaced with a simple fabric pattern inspired by reeds. 

Examples are pictured here along with a handsome 1950s credenza which, coincidentally, looks a bit like a coffin, too.

 

 

3 thoughts on “A gem of a coffin

  1. Charles Cowling
    Phoebe Hoare

    Scandinavians are the best designers! Thanks for this Richard.


    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Richard

    FD websites often categorise their coffins as ‘Traditional’ or ‘Natural’ but rarely do they offer a third link to ‘Contemporary’. The trad caskets are all too often comparable with tackily shiny, naffly embellished reproduction antiques. The natural offer can veer towards faux-rustic picnic hampers trying to evoke an Edwardian summer or at least the Laura Ashley days of 1970s flower children. Contemporary might be an untapped market as well as much-need food for undernourished aesthetes and style aficionados – like Jed!


    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    Jed

    Brilliant, flawless…. JJ rules .


    Charles Cowling

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