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May 17, 2023

Cremation Bed


From Core77:

A Bed That Doubles as Your Cremation Coffin

The ultimate commitment to sustainability

After her mother passed away, Icelandic industrial designer Dögg Guðmundsdóttir "bought a well-designed coffin for [her], that was soon after burned away" in the cremation ceremony.

A few months later, Guðmundsdóttir purchased a new bed for her father.


Experiencing these two things so close together reminded her of a crazy idea she had after a trip to Ghana.

While visiting Ghana, where both beds and elaborate coffins form a robust craft industry, Guðmundsdóttir wondered if the two products could be combined.

Now she revisited the concept.

"We could have saved both time, material and money if my parents each had one bed that could transform into a coffin," she concluded.

She then designed a piece of furniture, somewhat awkwardly named A Lifetime.

The two halves can be slid together to assume its final form, as it were:


If it seems a bit grim, Guðmundsdóttir points out the sustainability benefits:

"We overconsume materials and cut down trees like never before. Thus, it makes sense to use the material from our bed for the coffin that we will eventually be [cremated] in. This lets us reduce the consumption of materials, reduce manufacturing, cut costs and, not least, save time for those who are left behind, since the coffin is already there, ready for use."


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May 17, 2023 at 08:17 AM | Permalink


So, will these be available in flat-pack version at the local IKrema store

Posted by: Flautist | May 17, 2023 8:47:54 PM

Clif you made my day!!!

Posted by: tamra | May 17, 2023 4:58:38 PM

Here is how this conversation will go:

Hey dad before you go to sleep...you know how we just burned mom and it cost us soooo much and took soooooo much work? Well, I've been thinking...if you die, I just want to push you into your bed with some kindling, and light a match. We can talk about it in the morning, good night. No what? Noooo...this can of lighter fluid has NOTHING to do with anything. But I'm going to put it right next to your nightstand for safe keeping.

Posted by: Clif Marsiglio | May 17, 2023 2:35:10 PM

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