Are you the one to support the minimal lifestyle and support environment-friendly products? Then this product might just be for you. Designer William Warren has created a set of bookshelf furniture that will reassemble into a coffin.
Waren says when people first heard about his idea they were amused and even skeptical. “It’s not everyone who sees the charm but some do. People are very pleased when they realize the designs can be downloaded for free.”
The designer admitted that there have been critics who did not enjoy his work: “I offered the design to a Japanese company when I first made it but they really didn’t like the reminder of death. Since then, some squeal and some smile.”
Warren says he is busy working on other designs. He has also designed all the furniture and interiors in a new children’s hospital in Edinburgh and new gates for Kew Gardens in London. “I’m also teaching design at several universities and developing other music and video projects.”
Talking about the idea behind his bookshelf project the designer says “we are all going to die” and there is no point in ignoring it. “If you don’t think about it in advance, you’ll be buried or burnt in a chipboard box with paper that looks like wood and plastic handles that look like brass. Your grieving family will pay £400 for this £40 piece of rubbish because nobody argues with an undertaker. Better to have something you’ve made, something solid and something that has lived with you in life and has the stains and scars to prove it.”
Warren told the Financial Times that coffins are some of the most expensive pieces of furniture that people will ever buy while having the worst quality. “I’m happy for as many people to have mine as possible,” he said.