This Alternative Funeral is a Festive Farewell
Would you be caught dead in a colorful, zip-up coffin?
It’s over. You have shuffled off this mortal coil, and everyone has come to pay their respects. They approach you as you repose in your fire-engine red coffin, to bid their final farewells. The funeral director opens the PVC lid.
On the assumption that you only get one chance to make a last impression, the Dutch design team of Visser and Meijwaard have reimagined the coffin—indeed, the entire funeral—to make it less drab and impersonal.
Instead of a pine box or a gunmetal grey casket, Steven Visser and Vera Meijwaard envision a cover of bright, primary-colored PVC on a stand made of oak. The cover can be opened by means of a zipper. The departed is wrapped and laid upon a stretcher, and the cover placed over them. The cover is removed before burial or cremation and can be reused, making funerals cheaper and more environmentally friendly. The effect is a clean, contemporary look, less somber mortuary than “mourning by IKEA”.