Anyone who has accidentally bitten down on a peach pit knows how solid the blasted things are. Using them for flooring, then, doesn't require a stretch of the imagination — we employ and glam up concrete in homes, after all. As flooring, the stone of the so-called stonefruit takes its rightful place as a warm, organic and functional decor element.
Before you imagine the intense pain of stepping on a freshly exposed peach pit, a note on how the floors are made. The pits (or 'pips' as they are called in South Africa, where the floors are produced) are pressed into glue with silica sand resin, sanded flat and sealed with urethane.
The color of the resin (the 'ground' for the pits) is customizable, and the peach pits reveal a reddish color when sanded. The floors look cool, but not cold, to the touch and pleasingly textured.
Stone Fruit Floors is a South African outfit, founded by Alla le Roux. Le Roux was inspired by Klein Zoar, the home of an historical figure who rescued a shipwrecked crew. The show home for the floors also functions as an art gallery.