From giant-size whisky bottles to ballet slippers, Viking ships and kites, there’s apparently no limit to Nottingham-based Crazy Coffins’ ingenuity when it comes to hand-crafting caskets with a wow-factor.
Most people would choose to be buried or cremated in a traditional wooden coffin. However an increasing number of Brits are queuing up to make their final journey in burial caskets with bizarre shapes that range from a majestic Rolls Royce to a graffiti-sprayed skateboard and even a beer bottle mounted on top of a car.
Train carriages, beer bottles and guitars - no, these are not toys. They're coffins you can buy in Nottingham.
Crazy Coffins, based in Hempshill Lane, Bulwell, creates entirely bespoke designs for people across the country and beyond.
See the exhibition between 24 October—13 March 2016. Hundreds of incredibly diverse objects – from a Ghanaian fantasy coffin to a Victorian mourning dress – reveal captivating stories from cultures across the world, from the earliest human societies to the modern day.
Why have a plain old coffin, when you could be laid to rest in a Nokia phone or ballet shoe?
Coffin-shaped football boots, canal barges, ballet shoes and even guitar to go on display at show in city.
The Jewellery Quarter’s newest attraction, Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works, has launched its latest art exhibition in which Crazy Coffins take centre stage.
Crazy Coffins exhibition opens at the Coffin Works on 1st August and runs until the 27th October 2015
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'Wacky: The coffin that is shaped like a skip'
Father-of-six commissions £3,000 coffin in the shape of a Jack Daniel's bottle.
Former soldier Anto Wickham has come up with a novel way of raising spirits at his own funeral – by buying a coffin in the shape of a Jack Daniel’s bottle.
You can view a number of Robert Rathbone's 360 degree images of the crazy coffins on his site via the link below.
Robert Rathbone has had a 360 degree interactive photograph published in the Daily Mail Plus. Take a look at it below.
The National Association of Funeral Directors says a growing number of people are setting out their preferences for their own funeral, by personalising the whole event.
Dr Carol Komaromy, commenting on the 11th international 'Death, Dying and Disposal' conference.
The coffins made have a spiritual value to many customers who come from all faiths and none.
Sharks and chillies: Just some of the wacky coffins available for those wishing to make their final journey in style.
Kristian Ruhe Thorsen recently wrote an article on Crazy coffins for a Danish magazine called Ekstra Bladet. Read it by clicking on the image to the right. There are 2 pages to read so please click next once the preview opens.
You can watch Channel 5's programme called "Bizarre Burials" that features some of our work.
Finally, the ends justify the means.
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You can watch a video that features crazy coffins if you click on the link below. (Crazy Coffins is featured near the end of the video.)
A friend was visiting Ireland and he saw something interesting in an Irish newspaper (Irish Independent, January 20, 2012) on Crazy Coffins. The company sent us some information and some wonderful examples of their work...
Managing director of Crazy Coffins, David Crampton, with the bespoke order from Bushy's boss Martin Brunnschweiler PIC BY DAN JAMES / CATERS NEWS
A new wave of undertakers is working to put some life into the business of death.
With some trepidation, Euan Ferguson starts planning a celebratory send-off of his own.
A coffin-making firm is going from strength to strength turning out a range of wacky casket designs including skips, skateboards and even dead skiers.
... the elaborately built coffins much loved by some Ghanaians and the wonderful Crazy Coffins ...
Der Tod muss nicht das Ende der Kreativität bedeuten: In London sind surreale Särge aus Grossbritannien und Ghana ausgestellt. Die schönsten Friedhöfe aber liegen in Rumänien und Mexiko.
"I want a fun funeral. I don't want people crying and that," the 77-year-old told AFP as he leaned happily on his casket, on show at London's Royal Festival Hall as part of an event titled "Death: A Festival for the Living".
A CASKET-making firm in Bulwell, known as Crazy Coffins, is laying on an exhibition in London as part of a weekend of events exploring death.
A London festival takes a lighter look at life and death with an exhibition of quirky, bespoke coffins. “Death: Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living” includes “Boxed,” a coffin art exhibition that takes place Jan. 20-29.
These quirky coffins are sure to bring a smile to even the saddest farewell.
An employee poses with a trash skip-shaped coffin at the Southbank Centre in London January 19, 2012. An exhibition entitled "Boxed: Fabulous Coffins from UK and Ghana" runs at the centre from 20-29 January.
Death has long been a favourite subject of artists, from William Blake's tortured 'wicked man' to Picasso's dear Casagemas. What it's rarely the subject of, however, is an artist's sense of humour.
As we move steadily into January, perhaps unfairly tainted as a depressing month, some cheer, from an unlikely source, coffins.
When you think about coffins, you probably picture a polished mahogany casket lined with purple satin. But a free exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London shows that death needn't be depressing.
Art that examines our finite status may be good, in that it encourages a more rational discussion of death as well as life.
Coffins made to bring a smile to the saddest of farewells are to go on show in a festival celebrating death.
We have a new exhibition - level 2 foyers, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, SOUTHBANK CENTRE LONDON part of the DEATH - FESTIVAL FOR THE LIVING. Friday 20th January 2012 to Sunday 29th January 2012, 10.00 - 23.00.
A COFFIN-making company in Bulwell that is famed for its quirky caskets has splashed out £20,000 on a mural in tribute to the skilled workers who have been the foundation of the business.
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A SELECTION of eye-catching funeral merchandise will be put on display in Bournemouth next month as part of the world’s first Six Feet Under convention.
A coffin maker has said it will not let any of its clients down after a fire destroyed some of its factory and bespoke coffins.
An exhibition of flamboyant funeral merchandise will feature as part of the first Six Feet Under convention, which will be in Bournemouth from 12-14 August, 2011.