Well before I was a homeowner, there were two items that I had envisioned in my house: Kirei Board made from pressed sorghum and recycled aluminum tiles. The Kirei remains a dream, but the aluminum tiles are now on my floor and backsplash.
These tiles are like little gems on my floor. They feel industrial but still manage to work with the warmer wood in the rest of the house. Although they scratch pretty easily and the coating drove my contractor nuts (he said he would never work with them again), I absolutely love them. They come from the Mexico-based company Alumillenium, which is dedicated to reclaiming scrap aluminum and brass and transforming them into tiles and sinks that feel handmade and heartfelt.