Gallery: Formafantasma’s Stunning Glass Containers Use Charcoal to Puri...


Charcoal has been widely used and misused since ancient times. It was first used as a water and air filter by the Egyptians, but in the 19th century it was banned for causing bast deforestation and CO2 emissions — a consequence of being the only energy source for the production and processing of metals. In order to highlight the burnt wood’s traditionally healthy aspects, Formafantasma created a line of beautiful vessels that purify tap water using the pitch black material. These stunning vases combine hand-blown glass and charcoal in a succinct design that manages to explore concepts like tradition and nostalgia, and charcoal’s positive properties.

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