These are very genius: tiles made from leather wrapped around a thin aluminum backing, which can be snapped into place on a floating track system so they’re easily replaceable…a total boon for high-traffic environments. The nifty construction renders them lightweight and malleable–tiles can even be wrapped around columns and curves. Italian manufacturer Inpelle uses chrome-free tanning on its high-quality hides so they’re biodegradable.
And architects take note: you can customize colors and textures! The surfaces are amazing–so tactile. You can practically feel them just by looking at ‘em.