The Suprematist Nikolai Suetin’s coffin design for Malevich’s dead body – a handmade wooden replica by Beamalevich
Although Malevich had wished to have one of his architectons installed on top of his coffin before procession and burial in his selected spot in the outskirts of Nemchinovka – just outside Moscow -, it was his fellow Suprematist artist and friend Nikolai Suetin who designed what would indeed become the last mortuary carriage and Kazimir’s final deathbed before incineration and further rituals.
The “Suetin Coffin”, as the box would be called for the rest of history, accompanied the last memories of those who witnessed the acts of that May 15th of 1935, which finished by an oak tree, underground, by the little town of his choice.
This rendition to the Suetin’s ouvre – also referred to as the Malevich coffin -, adapted though to domestic dimensions, is entirely made of wood loyally stacked in layers to resemble the original creation. A coat of white paint imitates the original design, with black stripes on the sides, and a painted black square and a black circle on the top part of the piece end the characterization (see in pictures).
The coffin structure has two wood notches on its inside that function as a buffer stop.
Design thought by Beamalevich and handmade by Barcelona cabinetmakers in single units, all different from each other.
Layered wood parts. The coffin comes mounted as seen on the picture. It resembles a case.
Due to the nature of the product, we were not sure initially whether it would be worth replicating. But following both our passion and the current lack of a rendition to this particular item, we let ourselves be pulled by the force of art into its tailor making.
Materials: precise cut wood, black paint, white paint
Hollow inside allows to storage of items of small size such as short stationery objects, a fountain pen, jewellery or anything fitting in a hand case.
Buffer stops make the product maintain its original display and precise closing edges.
Painted like the original Malevich coffin.