End-grain slices of bamboo are set in resin to form "Kimono Bamboo" wall tile; available in a 4-inch square and 21/2- by 8-inch subway-style tile, $24 each. Shown in Marron, also in Ebony, Blanco;; 1-888-260-7371.


Jewelry-grade polished turquoise and coral are among the materials in Ann Sacks' new "Asteria" line of wall and accent tiles. Shown: 3/4-inch and 2-inch squares; also available in field tiles and offset mosaics. Pricing starts at about $203 per square foot; Fantasia Showrooms at International Market Square in Minneapolis, open to the public; 612-338-5811.


"Organics" biodegradable wall coverings by Wolf-Gordon combine Kenaf grass with a nonchemical polyester derived from commodities such as soy, corn and potatoes; it's backed with cellulose made from recycled newspapers and magazines (gently stripped, the company says, of formaldehyde and print inks). Seven designs including Kerala Persimmon, top, and Battista Kona. Must be applied with a biodegradable adhesive; $13.85 per yard. To order, call Valerie Pederson at 612-251-5330 or 1-800-347-0550;


Bark is harvested, sliced and laminated onto metallic foils to impart texture to "Java Cork." Eight selections, including Natural With Gold, pictured. Suggested retail $64 per yard. Professional installation recommended. Phillip-Jeffries Ltd. at Holly Hunt at International Market Square. To the trade, but available to the public through the IMS Design Connection, 612-338-6250.


Sleek and modern, polished Interlocking Glass Bar Tile in Aruba comes 10 pieces to a box to form a stack 101/2 inches high by 113/4 inches wide. Three additional colors; $149.99 plus shipping. From member-based; 1-800-955-2292.


"Urban Fabric," shown in Pistachio, is one of three new patterns in the Building Blox collection of porcelain stone tiles, produced in collaboration with Robert A. M. Stern Design. Twelve- and 18-inch squares; suggested retail $6.05 to $9.55 per square foot. Trim pieces, other colors available. Locate Minnesota dealers at or at 1-800-221-9093.


Cascade Coil Drapery's flexible wire mesh fabric works in window treatments, shower curtains and other applications. The flameproof mesh, mostly recycled scrap metal, comes in steel, aluminum, copper or stainless with nickel, anodized, tin and other finishes. Cleans with a brush or vacuum. Cost varies by weave and finish, ranging $7 to $47 per square foot. See, 1-800-999-2645.


Liscia is one of five nature-inspired tones in HanStone's new "Ruscello" line of natural quartz, resin and pigment slabs for countertops and other uses. Nonporous, does not require sealing; $50 to $100 per square foot, installed. Comes with a 10-year limited warranty. Available midsummer. Contact Midwest Specialty Products, 1340 Park Rd., Chanhassen; 952-470-0417, for fabricators.