Most materials designed to fake the appearance of something else are at best imitations or at worst kitch. However, in a world where wood is becoming a less sustainable material for designers to use perhaps it is time to give good-looking imitation woods another look.
Coming in a variety of convincing colors and textures, some of these ceramic tiles by Mirage mimic the appearance of end-cuts and others appear to be side-cuts, showing off the grain of the faux wood in various ways. They look variously weathered or stained, flat or three-dimensional.
Of course, they are also stronger, more durable and longer-lasting than actual wood. They are not subject to the same forms of weathering and risks of water infiltration. All in all, they might not be real but these tiles might be a good exception to the accept-no-substitutes design rule of thumb.