i have seen some non traditional material projects recently that left me cringing. luckily this wasn't one of them. i am actually really happy with this piece. Built entirely out of aspenite and mounted directly to the wall, the rough look and texture gives a great contrast to the sleek modern furniture and the television. stay tuned for the floating mantle made from the same material. much like The Dude's rug, i plan on really pulling the room together.