Charcoal is steadily infiltrating all walks of life. Shou-sugi-ban, the Japanese art of weatherproofing wood by charring it, has been inspiring the design world, with artists such as Arno Declercq, Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley, and Roberto Sironi all putting a flame to their woodwork, while John Birch has used carbonised bamboo in his collection for Restoration Hardware. The detoxifying credentials of activated charcoal see the substance infiltrate everything from lemonade to pizza dough, while in the bathroom it has been fused into towels, face masks, toothbrushes, make-up sponges and soaps. With its chemical-clearing and moisture- and bug-repelling qualities, it seems singed wood is proving a blazing success.
from left, konjac body sponge, £9, by nomess. charcoal And Aloe face cleanser, $25, by littlebarn Apothecary. pore penetrating charcoal bar, £4, by bioré. flat top vessel, £2,400, by Jim partridge And liz walmsley, from sarah myerscough gallery. ‘wyeth’ split bamboo nightstand, $1,237, by John birch, for restoration hardware. bamboo toothbrush with charcoal bristles, $10 for three, by bmbu. raw coconut And Activated charcoal tooth whitening polish, £27, by sister & co, from liberty. Japanese bath towel, €72, from manufactum. ‘eau’ carafe, £35, by black & blum. ‘goblet’ vase, £900, by Arno declercq, from willer. ‘refuel’ drink, £4, by botanic lab