Spotted lately: bricks used in unexpected ways (as kitchen island base, as herringbone floors, as a decorative motif): here are five of our favorite examples (OK, seven—we couldn't help ourselves).
Above: The brick hearth and mantle are surprisingly modern looking in this Norfolk barn by Carl Turner Architects.
Above: A brick backsplash in a kitchen by German architect Thomas Bendel.
Above: Gray stone bricks in a kitchen from Ina & Matt Studio.
Above: Bricks function as herringbone pattern floors at this Danish summerhouse via Purple Area.
Above: A brick kitchen counter from Frank Visser and Mirjam Bleeker's book Dutch Architects and Their Houses.
Above: Bricks support a rustic wood column in a converted barn from Dutch design studio Ina & Matt.
Above: A minor brick detail accents the Dinesen wood floors; see our post on Walls, Windows & Floors: Dinesen Wooden Floors in Denmark.
Above: Bricks made pale with a light wash of white paint from Norm Architects in Copenhagen.
This post is an update; the original ran on July 24, 2012.