Studio Formafantasma is an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam. Their body of work is characterized by experimental material investigations and by issues like the relationship between tradition and local culture.
In this project, Charcoal, Formafantasma drew inspiration from the tension between the negative connotation of charcoal, causing pollution and destruction, and its beneficent use in healthcare and water purification. Charcoal has been widely used and misused since ancient times. The Egyptians firstly used it as a water and air filter, but it was later banned for causing deforestation and pollution.
With this project, they wanted to highlight the burnt wood’s traditionally healthy aspects. In collaboration with a glass blower and a wood carver, the designers produced a series of jars and wooden water filters made from unusual biodegradable materials.