A good idea never goes bad, as illustrated by the process—first patented in the 1880s—used by AMICO to create expanded mesh. After die-cutting a sheet or coil of aluminum or steel with special knives that create a particular aperture pattern, such as Apex 02, the manufacturer stretches the material carefully into mesh suitable for cladding everything from ceilings to buildings. To wit, a little bit of metal can hold a lot of potential. • www.amicoarch.com