The Bookcase Coffin


Do you see what I see when you look at this picture? Possibly not. Most people see only a beautifully designed and finished bookcase and wine rack. But I see more. I see a coffin minus the lid.

Use it before you lose it?

Created by New Zealand company, The Final Furniture, the Tenderrest bookcase/coffin offers the best of both worlds. It could sit in your living room all your life and no one, expect you and your family, would necessarily guess it’s secondary use. Much like one might buy a burial plot years in advance, one can now buy furniture in advance.


Made from sustainable bamboo that will biodegrade quickly once in the ground, the bookcase/cofffin is definitely eco-friendly. Green burial is one thing. But storing books in your own coffin seems, to me, just a touch macabre.

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6 thoughts on “The Bookcase Coffin

  1. Death is a natural part of life, though most of us choose not to think about it. In my opinion, it’s just fear of the unknown that keeps us from facing what is perfectly normal. I love this idea, and find this particular piece to be aesthetically beautiful. Besides, if we truly want to be eco-conscious, we buy things that have more than one purpose, yes?

  2. I think this is great. It is a beautiful piece of furniture and will be right where I need it when I do. Books and green burial furniture in the same place; what could be better?

  3. I think you are right. “Macabre” says it all.

  4. Well, I like the practicality of it. Certainly a conversation starter, and it is an attractive (if somewhat odd – with those pallbearer handles) piece of furniture. Clearly not for everyone. :)

  5. This brought back memories. When I was about 19 I was into the vampire aesthetic (though I never dressed as a Goth, I just thought the whole thing was cool). And I always thought it would be cool to have a bookcase in the shape of a coffin. And now it exists! Wow! I’m not so into the whole idea any more though.

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