Wallpaper is no longer the home decoration of choice for dusty old houses. Instead, it’s having a creative revival thanks to modern takes on the medium. Case in point: A wallpaper from designer Mario Romano that’s not actually paper at all.
According to Fast Company, Romano worked with the chemical company DuPont to create custom wall coverings made out of a material called Corian. The material is comprised of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate, which gives it a textured thickness that can be CNC machined into various patterns.
Like normal wallpaper, Corian is applied to a wall in pieces. But unlike wallpaper, it looks and feels more like stone or tile. Romano’s nature-inspired designs—”ripples of water, a butterfly’s wings, waves in the ocean” according the website—look as if they’ve been chiseled into stone.
It’s a cool multi-dimensional effect that can be installed in showers and normal rooms alike. But wall-sized op-art is going to cost you—Corian panels start at $35 per square foot.