Things have decidedly taken a turn for the, umm, funereal around the MNN blogosphere over the last few days. First, was my post about William Warren’s custom-sized DIY wood coffin/shelving unit, Shelves for Life. Yesterday, Siel posted an item about memorial service invites embedded with wildflower seeds. And after seeing Coffin Couches featured on DesignBoom yesterday, I just can't help myself ...  

Certain to make Azrael Abyss and Circe Nightshade squeal with delight and others to scoff, L.A.-based Coffin Couches make well-designed sofas that transcend their macabre-kitsch Addams Family meets DWR aesthetic and, well, are pretty cool. 

The caskets procured by Coffin Couches — the company is owned by Vidal Herrera, a erstwhile crime scene investigator who also owns a private autopsy service and — are funeral home rejects due to “cosmetic inconsistencies” and cannot be sold and used for burial. So instead of letting them sit around and collect dust or be buried in landfills, the CC designers recycle them and reconfigure them with leather or vinyl into one-of-a-kind furnishings perfect for “retirement parties, game rooms, custom company logos, small intimate hook-ups, and team sports.”

The CC website reads:

We at have the mindset of thinking "Green" and we know it is different but we strongly believe in recycling. Our niche happens to be 18-gauge steel coffins which we collected from local funeral homes primarily in Southern California. It is a health and safety law that funeral homes cannot resell used coffins to the general public. We approached funeral directors with the attitude of recycling.
Noteworthy Coffin Couch admirers include Mr. Sandra Bullock, Jesse James, celebrity tattooist Kat Von D, and the L.A. County coroner’s office. Prices for one, with the exception of a chair, start at $3,500. Shipping and custom airbrushing (!) will cost you extra. 

Via [DesignBoom]


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Green, goth-y sofas
Have an eco-oriented Siouxsie Sioux/Gomez Addams design aesthetic? Coffin Couches may be for you.