AN EXHIBITION IN London is approaching death with a lighter heart by displaying some very unusual coffin designs.
Boxed: Fabulous Coffins from the UK and Ghana features caskets shaped like vintage Mercedes, a lion, a corkscrew and even a ballet pump. The show was inspired, according to the UK Design Week blog, by Ghanian designer Paa Joe, who first begin making unusual coffins in 1951 when he laid his own mother to rest in one shaped like an aeroplane because she had never managed to take a flight on one during her lifetime.
Some coffins on display at the Royal Festival Hall show come from a firm called Crazy Coffins of Nottingham. The exhibition is part of the Death: Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living.