Press Articles


Manchester Evening News

End of the line

A decade ago, Brian Holden commissioned a coffin from us in the shape of a railway carriage from the Northern Belle. Brian took his final journey in the Northern Belle in September 2017.

Manchester Evening News

Crazy Coffins featured in Pharos

Crazy Coffins brings together a small team of joiners, designers and artists, who for 20 years have been hand producing coffins.

The team has built coffins as boats, guitars, ballet shoes and even as pieces of luggage.  Coffins to be buried, cremated or simply kept in the house.

Each coffin is hand-built and bespoke.

the SUN

Dead Ringer - Coffins put on display as part of kooky exhibition on death

The Nottingham-based company craft built-to-order coffins from everything from a skip to a ballet shoe.

Read the Sun article
ITV news video

Watch a video about Crazy Coffins's Southbank exhibition.

View the Crazy Coffins video on the ITV website using the link below.

ITV news

Exhibition proves coffins come in all shapes and sizes

From a plane to a ballet shoe – coffins come in all shapes and sizes, as one exhibition is proving. The Crazy Coffin exhibition at the Southbank Centre shows a more imaginative approach to a final resting place.

Notts TV

Nottingham company’s customised coffins being displayed at Southbank

A selection of coffins handmade by a Nottingham business will be on display in one of London’s biggest centre for arts. Crazy Coffins in Bulwell creates custom-made decorative coffins and urns for those wanting a more imaginative funeral.

Notts TV
Mail online

Would you be seen dead in these coffins?

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.

Daily Mail / Mail Online
Nottingham Post

Nine quirky coffins - and they're all made in Nottingham

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.

We were featured in the Nottingham Post

Bristol Museum

Death: the human experience

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.

Bristol Museums

Why have a plain old coffin?

Why have a plain old coffin, when you could be laid to rest in a Nokia phone or ballet shoe?

Birmingham Mail

Coffin Works Exhibition in Birmingham

Coffin-shaped football boots, canal barges, ballet shoes and even guitar to go on display at show in city.

Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Press

Crazy about Coffins

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.

The Birmingham Press
Coffin Works Exhibition

Coffin Works Exhibition in Birmingham

Crazy Coffins exhibition opens at the Coffin Works on 1st August and runs until the 27th October 2015.

Coffin Works
Happy funeral

Happy funerals: A celebration of life?

The British funeral has been transformed. Increasingly, the ceremony pays tribute to the deceased's life instead of mourning their death. Why?

BBC News
Daily Mail save money on funeral

Save money on a funeral

How to save money on a funeral - and still give them the send-off they deserve.
'Wacky: The coffin that is shaped like a skip'
Daily Mail online jack daniels coffin

Dying for a Drink

Father-of-six commissions £3,000 coffin in the shape of a Jack Daniel's bottle.
Daily Star Jack Daniels coffin

War veteran buys Jack Daniel's style coffin

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.
Daily Mail Plus

360 degree panoramas

You can view a number of Robert Rathbone's 360 degree images of the crazy coffins on his site via the link below.
Daily Mail Plus

Daily Mail Plus 360 degree panorama

Robert Rathbone has had a 360 degree interactive photograph published in the Daily Mail Plus. Take a look at it below.

Daily Mail Plus

It's your funeral: Personalising your big exit

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.

Death in the internet era

Dr Carol Komaromy, commenting on the 11th international 'Death, Dying and Disposal' conference.
Mail online

Sharks & Chillies:

Sharks and chillies: Just some of the wacky coffins available for those wishing to make their final journey in style.

Mail online

Ekstra Bladet

Kristian Ruhe Thorsen recently wrote an article on Crazy coffins for a Danish magazine called Ekstra Bladet. Read it by clicking on the image. There are 2 pages to read so please click next once the preview opens.

Ekstra Bladet
Channel 5 Bizarre Burials

Bizarre Burials

You can watch Channel 5's programme called "Bizarre Burials" that features some of our work.
White stratocaster guitar coffin

Fender Stratocaster Coffin for Ramrod's guitarist John Graham

You can read related articles from the links below.
my last song

It's my funeral: getting ready for the end

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.
Daily Mail online

Rest in piste: The weird and wonderful coffins that guarantee you go with a giggle

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.

Daily Mail online
AFP article

Crazy Coffins break British silence about death

"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".
Judith Evans

Hucknall Dispatch article

Southbank show for Crazy Coffins

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.

Funeral Zone
Washington Post article

Crazy coffins at the London death festival

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.
Mirror article

Quirky coffins to go on display at the Southbank Centre 'Death' festival

These quirky coffins are sure to bring a smile to even the saddest farewell.

Boxed: Fabulous Coffins' Exhibition To Run At The Southbank Centre

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.
Design Week article

Boxed: Fabulous Coffins from UK and Ghana - Design Week article

As we move steadily into January, perhaps unfairly tainted as a depressing month, some cheer, from an unlikely source, coffins.
The Telegraph Article

Boxed: Fabulous Coffins from UK and Ghana - The Telegraph article

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.
Tribute Mural for Crazy Coffins

Tribute mural for quirky-coffins firm - Local News - Hucknall Dispatch

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
Bournemouth Echo coffin

Bournemouth funeral convention offers dead good products

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.