Rare fossils created from a prehistoric forest probably wouldn’t fit in most residential project budgets, but these porcelain tiles may be the next best thing. Emil Ceramica used high-resolution photographs of 50 fossilized wood blocks to create faithful imitations of the marble crystallization and veining of specimens found in petrified forests in Australia, Asia, and North and South America. The tile comes in two finishes—core and bark—and five sizes, ranging from 15-by-90cm to 45-by-90cm. It is suitable for interior and exterior use as both a wall and floor tile. emilceramica.it
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and demography at the City University of New York. For ARCHITECT, she writes about new products and sustainable design.