A lightweight coffin
Anker says about RO
“In life, death is the only thing we can be sure of, but we rarely talk about it. It has become a taboo we avoid because the system takes care of most things surrounding death.
But I need to embrace sorrow and pain because they teach me something about myself. I believe these are basic human feelings that will only come back to haunt us if we don’t stay with them.
When making RO, I had to handle that my grandmother Maren Brigitte was dying. I was up close and personal with her death and my sorrow almost every day, and I felt a great responsibility to honour both my grandparents with this last goodbye.
It became a big part of my grieving process because I had to confront these feelings by working on the coffin and staying there. At the funeral, I had a capacity for more than grief and felt deeply grateful for my time with her. It was not a one-sided emotion but a sensation of life and death melting together.”
Designed with nature and dignity in mind RO gives an open and light impression.
Anker conceived the form after visiting church rooms’ and being inspired by the rounded arches and soft light that fell through the windows.
It was vital for him that RO exuded the respect we have for those we care about while being a coffin you were drawn to and wanted to touch.
He designed RO in molded veneer, ensuring a thinner and simpler construction using lesser wood and no metal.
The coffin became an example of Anker’s empathic design philosophy with room for both nature and humans.
「(ROの制作期間中)悲しみと死に、毎日間近に 接していました。最後のお別れになってしまうこ の機会に祖父母を称えたいと思い、大きな責任 を感じていました。
祖母のマレン・ブリジットが亡くなるという事実に 向き合わなければならなかったので、結果的に 私の哀悼のプロセスの大きな部分を占めること になりました。毎日仕事をしながら、目の前にあ る棺に染み付いた感情と向き合わなければなり ませんでした。それを脇に置いて、前に進むこと はできませんでした。
実際の葬儀では、悲しみを超えて、一緒に過ごし た時間への深い感謝と歓びを感じることができ ました。それは一方的な感情ではなく、生と死が 溶け合っているような感覚でした。」