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Counter Proposal: Caesarstone’s name recalls its origin, on an Israeli kibbutz near the ancient Roman city of Caesarea. But the countertop material, shown here in a house by the firm, has become a modern classic. Tough, versatile, and attractive, it is also made in plants that meet stringent environmental standards. “We spec it in 2-centimeter [thickness] with modern cabinetry,” Hufft says. “It looks a little sleeker.” Caesarstone, caesarstoneus.com

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Well Rounded: Bocci’s 22 line includes power outlets, lighting controls, and telephone and data connections, all of which mount flush to a wall surface. Hufft is especially partial to the elegant round power receptacle. “It can get mudded right into the wall,” he says. “There’s no trim plate at all. It’s really well designed.” Bocci, bocci.ca

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Soft Power: Available by the yard in widths up to 70 3/4 inches and in 58 Pantone Matching System colors, FilzFelt wool felt adds texture, color, and warmth to any interior surface. “It’s great for bedrooms, where you want something with a little depth and softness to it,” Hufft says. “And it really dampens sound.” FilzFelt, filzfelt.com

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Earth Works: Founded in 1948, Heath Ceramics has long enjoyed a devoted following among architects. Hufft often specifies tiles from its Classic Field line, which includes a variety of earthy colors in matte, glossy, and crackle glazes. Hufft says he appreciates the material’s handcrafted nature. “It gives you this beautiful, variegated wall.” Heath Ceramics, heathceramics.com

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Glide Path: Unlike many window and door manufacturers, Corona, California-based Fleetwood concentrates on modern designs. “We like to use storefront glazing in residential projects,” Hufft says, and Fleetwood’s Kona 3800 Window-Wall System combines the classic storefront look with the flexibility of custom fabrication and superhigh quality. Of the company’s sliding doors (used in the firm project shown), Hufft says, “the threshold is almost flush, and they slide with very little effort.” Fleetwood Windows & Doors, fleetwoodusa.net

Wish List

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Juice Maker: Hufft has his eye on ClearEdge Power’s PureCell Model 5 residential fuel cell, which produces electricity from natural gas by a combustion-free—and virtually pollution-free—electrochemical process. Because it can make a residence independent of grid power, Hufft says, “it’s a real alternative, and pretty intriguing. We’re hoping to get it installed in a house this year.” ClearEdge Power, clearedgepower.com


Edge City: FTF Design Studio’s S min cabinet door pull comes in dark bronze, satin nickel, and white powdercoat finishes. Hufft likes it because it maintains the flush surfaces of the custom cabinets he designs and fabricates. “It’s fully integrated into the door,” he says. “Very simple; very smart.” FTF Design Studio, ftfdesignstudio.com

See all the entries in Architects' Choice 2013.