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It is generally accepted that a funeral is not an event where you need to shine with discoveries in design and show your imagination. After all, this is how you can reach the diamonds on the Mausoleum. When we see off our loved one on the last journey, preference is still given to traditional options for burial. And death is not an event that inspires and inspires fiction.
Therefore, a funeral, like a wedding, by the way, consists of a group of stamps, regardless of even the level of monetary investment. There are no special color and material options - dull zinc and wood are dressed in calm and mournful gray tones. But lately, the market has decided to compensate for the age-old stagnation in the form of coffins by presenting many new options.
Not all of them belong to Russia, but most companies agree to provide their goods to our country. We will tell below about the most unusual coffins offered on the market today.
Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop. The company from Ghana is one of those, thanks to which the fashion of not unusual coffins was born in this country. It happened back in the 1950s. And the reason for this was the most ordinary curiosity. The fact is that in those years the local ruler decided to look more impressive in his public speeches. For this, an eagle-shaped palanquin was ordered. Fate made a cruel joke on the ruler - an unusual bed came to him just on the day of his death. The relatives decided that such good should not be lost. They took, and nailed the lid to the palanquin, and buried the deceased. This innovation was to the taste of local residents. Soon, figured coffins were ordered by many in Ghana. At first, only the richest inhabitants could afford them, then the simpler people. Today there are more than ten workshops in the country that make figured coffins. All workshops are located in the suburb of Accra, Teshi. From here you can get from the capital in half an hour. The oldest of the workshops is the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop. It is believed that it was her owner, Seth Kane Kvey, who in his time invented the fantasy coffins. By the way, they are called Abebuu adekai in the local dialect "ha", which literally means "boxes with proverbs." In Ghana, they believe that the essence of a person is responsible for his coffin. It is he who is obliged to show what the dead man was like during his lifetime - his habits, that he loved. As a result, if the deceased was an athlete during his lifetime, they can create a coffin in the form of a large sneaker. The driver should have a coffin car. A fisherman can be buried in a large wooden fish, a drunkard can rest in a bottle, and a heavy smoker in a cigarette. You can even find a coffin in the shape of a chicken, a mother with many children lies in it. In Ghana, it is believed that wawa wood, popular in the tropical part of the mainland, is best suited for making such products. This material is quite soft, it is easy to process it, because there is no resin or splinters from it. This wood is also used in the decoration of saunas. Coffins are harder and more expensive, they are exported. For these purposes, limba rocks (from which Gibson guitars are made) and African mahogany are used. Each order in work lasts several weeks, and as a result the finished product costs as much as the average Ghanaian citizen earns in a year. However, relatives are not afraid of such a price, because the costs are shared by everyone. And the burial of a person in such a coffin means that his relatives express their respect and hope for a good life in the afterlife. Such works of funeral art are real African folk art. It has been shown with pleasure by the world's leading art galleries for decades. It was thanks to them that the wide world learned about the tiny workshop of Kane Kvei. Today, his creations are shown even at the Georges Pompidou Center. Now the business is run by the grandson of the undertaker, who even created a Facebook page about his business. There, in particular, you can read about the shape of the coffin and on what date it was ordered. The total cost of an unusual product is $ 500-600. The most popular options are snail, elephant, crab, cow, tuna, spoon, machine gun, pineapple, and church. There are also referee whistles, a bottle of Coca-Cola, a piano and a microphone.
Vic Fearn & Co. From whom one should not expect conformity to the traditions of the Ghanaian provincials, it is from the proud Englishmen. However, it turned out that there are some madmen there too, who named their creations accordingly. Their coffins are called crazy coffins. The first to bring the African approach to coffins to Europe was Vic Firn. He decided to make a challenge to society, making his way into the most unexplored corners of business. For this, a "probe" was launched on sale to analyze the possible volumes. The firstborn was a coffin in the form of a pint of beer, just for someone who loved to drink during his lifetime. The novelty was quickly sold out. Then the company began to produce a coffin for victims of fast food in the form of a huge hot dog. Onions and mustards, albeit wooden ones, were attached to it, as expected. After that, sales increased sharply, and quite unusual orders began to appear. One of the clients made an unusual order, he wanted to have a coffin made with a glass removable lid. The customer has been using his future coffin as a coffee table for a long time. Well, very practical. There are clients who ask to make their own coffin with shelves. As a result, the resulting structure can serve as a cabinet until the moment of burial. CEO Vic Fearn says people have become more rational about their deaths. Such a worldview allows them to prepare for this event and acquire a coffin during their lifetime. Indeed, it is not clear in what coffin your relatives can put you, and will they be found after your death? But you can choose a rather interesting option for yourself, not faceless, like everyone else, but original, with character. If a simple pine coffin will cost £ 400, then an unusual custom coffin will cost £ 5,000.
Creative Coffins. Another British company decided to create not only original coffins, but also to make them environmentally friendly. Such products are based on cardboard. The entire production process can be seen on the company's website. The customer has the opportunity to send a picture in high resolution. It usually depicts a portrait of a person or something neutral - a bottle of wine, animals, colors. After that, the image is transferred to a sheet of thick and multilayer cardboard. It folds in a special way. It remains to attach handles to it - that's the unique coffin ready. It is pleasant not only that the manufacture of a product is harmless for nature, but also that such a solution is quite beneficial for the buyer himself. As a result, the "green" solution will be useful for practical people. The catalog contains a lot of original ideas - the name John, laid out with billiard balls on the cloth of the table, a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, a box of chocolates, a box of peas with the inscription “Rest with peas” (a play on words “peace” and “peas”) and other samples originally English humor.
Natural Endings. This British company offers another ecological option - a rattan coffin. The customer can choose the shape. It can be traditional angular or round, like a huge basket. At the same time, the coffin itself can be bought separately, or you can buy it together with a whole package of relevant ritual services. The company offers them in a package with their product, which will then be given a discount. To place an order, you must leave the following information: the weight and height of the deceased, what method of burial is planned (cremation or burial), what should be written on the plate, the address, where to send the order and how payment will be made (by check, bank transfer or from a card). Company employees say that each of us is unique. Likewise, the funeral of each person should reflect his character, interests and successes. The company can arrange for the entire funeral ceremony. In this case, religious rules may or may not be used. Perhaps compose a cortege or hold a ceremony in an open field, in a pub, hotel, on a sports ground or in the woods. For those who find it difficult to express the idea of a future funeral, the company on its website gives an opportunity to get acquainted with the portfolio. This material will give you the opportunity to see what others have come up with and get your own ideas from there. The minimum cost of a rattan coffin is £ 430, an additional set of services only increases this amount.
Ecopod. There is no doubt that it was the British who overtook everyone in ideas for ecological coffins. Ecopod's product is the prettiest of its kind. After all, it's made from recycled paper. There is minimalism in design and color. The coffin itself turned out to be anatomically correct, while pleasing the eye. But the outlines of the product are so natural that it looks less like a tomb, but more like a clam shell. Curiously, all coffins are made exclusively from the Times and Sun, which were recycled. They are lined with mulberry pulp. Inside the coffin is a cotton mattress. For extra money, craftsmen can decorate the bed with feathers of heaven, red, white or cream. The straps are made of bamboo and metal. It is possible to remove them before burial or cremation and return them to the manufacturer. Ecopod offers two sizes of coffins. The first is designed for a dead person up to 1.6 meters tall and weighing up to 95 kg, and the second - up to 1.8 meters tall and weighing up to 114 kg. Together with the production of coffins, the company also mastered the production of urns for ashes. They are created in the form of colored acorns. These urns can be gold, green or dark red.
Uono. For those who appreciate high style, the German company has come up with the Cocoon coffin. Compared to other products, this one looks just like a Ferrari. The unusual coffin even managed to get on the pages of the virtual almanac Coolest Gadgets. After all, it has a rounded shape that resembles either an egg, or a huge pebble stone, or a futuristic spaceship. Designers believe that such a form should instill calmness and a sense of security before the inevitable date with death. On the company's website itself, there is not a word about the funeral. The design is pretty minimalistic, the fields are decorated with tiger lilies, and the text is rather sparse. The experience of the workshop from Ghana turned out to be contagious, the Germans also began to carry their "Cocoon" to various exhibitions. The futuristic product is made of jute and has a water-based enamel on top. Such a duet, according to the assurances of the creators of the coffin in the soil, will disintegrate without a trace in 10-15 years. To purchase an unusual coffin, you will have to pay $ 3,500.
Capsula Mundi. The project with this name was organized by two Italian designers. They decided that it was enough to hang prohibitions on the ritual theme. Now is the time to give it a new concept. As a result, a bioplastic burial container was developed. Its shape is simple and ingenious - an egg. The deceased is placed in such a coffin in the embryo position, which, by the way, is quite natural for humans. After that, the coffin, the egg is planted in the ground, like a huge flower bulb. At the top of the capsule itself is a tree sprout. It will continually grow with natural fertilization. As a result, the death of a person will give life to a plant. The idea of the Italians is that the burial place will eventually turn into a memorial garden.
Bert and Bud's Vintage Coffins. This American company once had two undertaker friends, but now there is only one owner - Roy "Bud" Davis. He decided that he should not keep the coffins for future use. Each client wants the product to be made individually and using manual labor for him. Fans of retro gothic are offered a blue-black vintage coffin, IKEA fans can get a prefab product for religious fanatics - a cypress coffin in the shape of a trapezoid. It was in this that in 2005 John Paul II was buried. Bud is happy to take on unusual orders. In his gallery there is a coffin in the shape of a Budweiser bottle, there is a coffin-bookcase with a crystal set, a coffin-bench with obligatory pillows, a coffin-steamer and a coffin with Santa Claus. But the funniest are cremation urns. One was made in the form of a Martini glass with an olive floating inside, the other in the form of bananas with peppers, there is an urn with a cucumber lid. There are enough fans in the country to make funerals original. The entrepreneurial Bud also sells T-shirts and sweatshirts that display advertisements for his company. What is not an alternative to the boring "GAP" and "Nike"?
Batesville. The fame of this American company was brought by the golden coffin for Michael Jackson, which became one of the most expensive products of its kind in the world. The king of pop was so inspired by the funeral of James Brown in 2007 that he decided to order himself "Prometheus" too. It was this model that became the last home of the soul legend. Naturally, the coffin is not completely golden. Only the 14-carat finish is precious. The product itself is made of bronze, inside is upholstered in blue velvet. The company generally offers a standard set for its customers - stainless steel, bronze and copper. Those who prefer warm materials are offered luxurious coffins made of walnut, maple and mahogany, poplar, pine or pecan. Additionally, the company's customers are invited to place a drawer inside the product. You can put memorabilia and farewell notes there, you can put a photograph of the deceased, his favorite items, a vase of flowers and a book for last wishes on the shelf. The simplest model "Prometheus" will cost 25 thousand dollars.