The Last House is a project initiated by Flat Furniture and Death Doula Tyla Cosgrove. After opening a discourse around the 20 billion dollar death industry, we were inspired to create a contemporary coffin— one that presented families with a more affordable, sustainable, and personal way to bid farewell to their loved ones.
Created with 8 simple flat plywood components that are bound together with organic cotton rope, it is a customizable vessel tailored to the size of the individual it houses. The Last House is made with the use of sustainable, locally sourced materials in Alberta, including unbleached cotton as an interior finish, and beeswax for a natural finish. The interior has cedar shavings as a bedding material, lined with a soft cotton fabric, providing a natural cushion and aroma. Clients are able to choose from an array of biodegradable plywoods such as fir, birch and pine. These materials were specifically chosen because of their inability to warp, and for their unique exposed end grains. After the fabrication, our skilled craftsmen finish it in a natural, beeswax coating — guaranteeing The Last House to be an environmentally sound way to dispose of remains.