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.



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Scandinavians are the best designers! Thanks for this 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!


Brilliant, flawless…. JJ rules .