- story by MaterialDistrict
The project Post-Fuel considers coal not as fuel, but rather as a material. Coal is traditionally seen as a completely functional raw material; its value is derived solely from its own destruction. Designer Jesper Eriksson’s project considers whether this cheap and dirty fossil fuel has a more complex emotional significance – particularly in Britain – and whether it has an alternative future as a desirable material.
Eriksson presents a speculative future for coal as an organic material for architecture and interior design. In this way, its image is transformed from a fuel that releases carbon dioxide to a material that encloses it. The tiles can be used for various purposes. The material can be left in its raw state, or be processed into a finish similar to black marble.