From Margaret Everton on February 08, 2010 in Flooring
If you’ve ever been told that you’re a bit nutty, then this newest design material is definitely for you. Kirei, a Solana Beach, California-based company, has found a way to transform discarded coconut shells into fascinating wall tiles and panels.
Kirei Coco Tiles are an entire series of eco-friendly designs made from coconut shells. The shells are glued to plywood backers using only low- or zero-VOC resins and adhesives. Not only are these products made from 30-percent recycled materials, but they are remarkably unique.
Look at all the different designs for these tiles! Somewhat mosaic in appearance, Coco Tiles come in many different patterns, including basket weaving, checkerboard and swags. There is surprising variation in color, with a wide array of browns, tans and even more striking tones that create the effects of black and white.
Tiles are 1 square foot in size, while wall panels are 4x4. With such a unique new product, there’s really no end to the design applications they could serve. Coco Tiles have been used in furniture design, wall coverings, cabinetry, flooring and other clever interior design uses.
While any application of Coco tiles will look attractive and artistic, purchasing them is also a great way to promote responsibly harvested wood products and eco-friendly materials, making them a great prospect for earning LEED credits for your new build project.