The steel that makes up these 2"-by-8" wall tiles from
Clé started life as part of a rugged
shipping container. Each tile is hand cut with an electric grinder and can be used for interior and some exterior wall applications. Designed by artist John Whitmarsh, the tiles also come in a ceramic version that looks similar to the steel.
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who writes about new products and sustainable design.