Cremains of the day

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We’ve always liked Daisy coffins. They’re a quality product and use a range of lovely looking, renewable materials: water hyacinth, banana leaf, wicker — imported, of course. The people at Daisy are nice, too. 

Daisy don’t just make nice coffins, they also thoroughly understand design. They present themselves beautifully. They use an excellent graphic designer; their ads would look great in any glossy lifestyle magazine. And it’s all a bit wasted on their target audience, funeral directors, who are, of course, much more interested in things like price and whether they leak and creak. Funeral directors have a thing about creaky coffins. 

Daisy don’t sell direct to the public. A great pity; they’d shift a few. 

But they have just started selling urns direct to folk like us. We liked the look of them and asked us to send us one. They did — with a return postage sticker. We took it out to lunch to test reactions. Nobody reckoned it was an ashes container; one person thought it was a box of chocolates — encouraging for anyone wanting to transport ashes in a container which doesn’t shout Dead Man’s Dust at innocent bystanders. 

The urn pictured above is from their leaf range. They do them in a variety of shapes and colours. They are made of cardboard decorated with dried leaves. They’re biodegradable, of course, if you want to bury — and reusable as a memory box, or whatever, if you want to scatter. At £35 they are nicely priced. 

Check out the Daisy Memories website. They do other urns in all sorts of materials. Click here

Note to cynics: no, they’re not paying us a penny to say this. We say what we like.  




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10 years ago

I know this is an almost complete non-sequitur from this post, Charles, but paper urns bring to mind Sunset recycled newspaper coffins, and it occurs that they don’t tell you which paper… you may end up in a hole wrapped in the Daily Mail! Now wouldn’t that be humiliating, for an intelligent commentator? Can’t they have their coffins named ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Sun’ etc, like any other coffin maker, and manufacture them accordingly, just to make things clear? Anyway, yes, Daisy are delightful, from their coffins to their designer (whose name escapes me but with whom I had a good… Read more »

Charles Cowling
10 years ago

As ever, Jonathan, you arrive at this from a point of inspired obliquity. That is your heady and inspiring genius.

Wouldn’t they look good alongside the Chatsworths and Woburns and Downtons and Granthams — the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Sun, People’s Friend? They might even be decorated with slightly faded headlines which reflect your values…

Glad you like Daisy.

David Holmes
10 years ago

Sadly, I fear my clients would mostly want The Star, The Sun’s Page 3 and The Mirror.

At least they no longer publish the Sport!

10 years ago

A Page Three coffin, now the mind really boggles…

David Holmes
10 years ago

Appropriate for those who like to raise a smile?

Anything else of course, being beyond rising 🙂