Charcoal has been known for its purifying, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.  The first recorded use of activated charcoal for medicinal purpose was found as early as 1500 B.C. from Egyptian papyri.  For me, as a designer, the most attractive part of charcoal is the sculptural form with its intriguing porous texture.  With its chic mono-tone black, charcoal offers both organic and modern features for any style of interior.

As a decorative object for interiors, charcoal can be placed in a basket or on a platter, which would function as a dehumidifier and a deodorizer.  Another fun way is planting bright green miniature plant right on top to create striking color-contrast with the dark charcoal.  By putting it in a vase of water, which nourishes the plant, the charcoal can function as a humidifier.