In addition to reflecting light, glass backsplashes can actually bring sunshine into a kitchen. The vistas beyond this kitchen were nothing to write home about, so designers at Carnemark installed detail-obscuring glass blocks on either side of the stove's backsplash, which is made of volcanic rock by SieMatic. Quarried in Italy, this stone is similar to that used by the ancient Romans to build roads, and has been used for various surface applications from building cladding to tile to countertops for centuries.
Travertine creates clean lines and a high-end look for this square fire pit on a pool deck made of ipe wood. Volcanic rock fills the natural gas fire pit, which has a stainless steel burner. The modern fire pit and pool area is designed by Atlanta-based Hearthstone Environments.