Engineered wood flooring was once offered in a limited number of wood species, but the durable flooring option has come a long way in terms of style. Charcoal walnut, part of Terra Legno’s Annoso Collection, is manufactured through a process that uses younger and smaller trees rather than old-growth hardwoods. The 5"-wide, 9/16"-thick planks have an oil finish. terralegno.com
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and demography at the City University of New York. For ARCHITECT, she writes about new products and sustainable design.