PICA X CHAR-CO
Charcoal is part of our childhood memory, we grew up with them. We can see it everywhere in our daily life in Thailand. But what do we really know about them? Thinking of it, we all think it as a source of building a fire, the source of creating heat but actually, Coal has its own multiverse benefits such as improving the quality of water as a filter, efficiency in absorptions – smells, odor, heavy metal solvents, etc., and now the pencil is made with charcoal.
Pencils have been used as a tool to express stories, histories, feelings, and emotions for centuries. For us, a pencil is not only stationery, but it is also a thing that identifies the true color of the user. A pencil can also present the image of the individual user through his or her outfits. Considering a pencil can be more than ordinary stationery, we create a new way of pencil and make it more special. As we attempt to expand the value of stationery and emphasis on materials at the same time, this pencil is specially made of charcoal, which is considered as a non-renewable fuel. With the new design and effort to increase the value of normal stationery and wasted fuel, this pencil will be more than just a pencil.
To bring culture from charcoal handicraft, wood conversion, and hand-made brass processing from Thai craftsmanship which is exquisite and to combine new materials and original materials together. The product is designed with beauty consideration that connected to ergonomic use, pencil grip, and jewelry assembling which is simple and highly valued with brass and charcoal, delicately produced. The main use is to draw. The pencil is designed to be easy to use. The shape is consistent with the physiology of the handle. There is a simple mechanism: just turn the jewelry key out. Then slide the pencil lead out and rotate the jewelry key to hold the pencil lead in place and just a few elements provide easy maintenance and make it able to be used for a long time.
CO- pencil will transform the pencil into something that expresses your individuality through accessories that enhance the image of users. The design allows users to adjust the jewelry according to their styles. Alternatively, they can choose jewelry that suits them. This encourages users to participate in creating pencils that indicate their own style. The weight, shape that fits the hand of the body in many ages and design for easy use and simplicity make it available to anyone to use in a various way which is more than just a pencil. Moreover, we used charcoal which is the waste from burning charcoal to combine with recyclable brass. We turn the thing that is almost out of value into the valued products through designs considering the impact on society and the environment.
What we know of Coal??
Coal is part of our childhood memory, we grew up with them. From family business to seeing everywhere in our daily life. Coal has always been around us. But what do we really know about them? Thinking of it, we all think it as a source of building a fire, the source of creating heat but actually Coal has its own multiverse benefits such as improving the quality of water as a filter, efficiency in absorptions – smells, odor, heavy metal solvents, etc., that is why we see the home practice of many households using Coal to absorb smells and odor in refrigerator, clothes cabinet and more…
Having thought this we have developed a product that can be a real use in our day to day life, thus receive special recognition in an innovative product exhibition (ICA2016) from the International Arts and Crafts Promotion Center.
What is CHAR CO?
CHAR CO-products are designed to be versatile. Both as a home decoration product such as vases, lamps, coasters, as a material for building decoration like being a decorative wall tile. Each sheet has a different pattern which is another unique quality, apart from helping to absorb odors and absorb moisture well. Our product incorporates an interesting practice taken from the wisdom of ancient Thai citizens when they use the natural wood resin in shipbuilding in sealing holes and leakage in boats and canoe. Our product uses the same method to coat and fills the wood crack gap thus giving its own unique pattern individually on every single piece of our product. This resin coating process also solves the problem causing by coal in its natural state causing stains and dirt on hands and clothes when handling them, thus our product is very practical and usable in daily life, household and decoration.
CHAR CO- is a handicraft product established in 2016 a young 2 years old company from the collaboration between 3 friends by using materials from the burned charcoal community, Yisarn Sub-district, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram Province. The production process from the lathe factory in Bang Taboon community, Ban Laem district Phetchaburi Provinceใ
CHAR CO- Products have won
1. Popular Vote Award, 5th Creative Craft Contest 2016, organized by the International Crafts Promotion Center (Public Organization) on 10 March 2016
2. Award-winning Resource Efficiency, Group 2, Community Enterprise Group and the general public in the contest of environmentally friendly non-food industrial products Thailand Green Design Awards 2017 organized by Kasetsart University on February 14, 2017