Enlightened designer Mike Cotts is hoping to revolutionise the funeral industry with his New Era coffins, fashioned from plastic in an ‘organic shape’ and designed to be personalised to suit the deceased. Anything from floral designs, water effects or your team colours can be applied to the coffin. And the plastic biodegrades after six months. ‘I want to make funerals a more uplifting experience,’ says Cotts. ‘The wooden, gothic coffin is too depressing.’ But wouldn’t cremation be more ‘uplifting’?
This year’s exhibition features a wheelchair that can climb stairs, a language-translating earpiece and a brand identity for Wales.
A new fundraising book features contributions from Manchester creatives including Peter Saville and Malcolm Garrett, which have been inspired by Tony Walsh’s poem This is the Place.
As Design Manchester celebrates its fifth birthday, we pick out our top exhibitions to catch at the festival, including a tribute to the book covers of Mancunian literary legend Anthony
Atlas has created the branding for the new fashion label, which will also be contributed to by other industrial and product designers.