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Handheld: Hughes pays particular attention to the elements of his buildings that people actually touch, and the FSB 1176 door lever is one he reaches for—as it were—again and again. “It’s a timeless, classic design that feels solid in your hand,” he says. “It’s an almost iconic lever. It’s something that no one else does as well.” FSB, fsb.de

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Jewel Boxes: Hughes’s kitchen designs are very much his own, but often he assembles them (including the one in this photo) from elements produced by Bulthaup. “They’re not overdesigned,” he says. “They have a classic balance that complements our architectural vision.” A current favorite is the company’s b3 line, a modular system of cabinets and accessories available in a wide range of materials and colors. Bulthaup, bulthaup.com

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Wall Star: The result of more than 95 years of design innovation, Toto’s coordinated suites of bathroom fixtures, fittings, and accessories range in style from the classic to the cutting edge. Hughes favors the Aquia wall-hung toilet, as much for its flawless performance as for its space-saving minimalist profile. “It’s the state of the art,” he says. “Everyone else is only catching up.” Toto USA, totousa.com

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Double Cross: Dornbracht’s Tara line of bathroom plumbing fittings is a mainstay of Hughes’s residential product specifications. “The weight of the handles and their usage clearly identifies them as a high-quality product,” Hughes says. “You can definitely tell a Dornbracht fixture with your eyes closed.” The diagrammatic simplicity of the cross-handle version makes it a particular favorite. Dornbracht, dornbracht.com

Wind Resistant: Windows by the Brooklyn, N.Y.–based company Zeluck have found a warm welcome in Hughes’s Florida office; he specified them for the project shown. “It’s because they meet the hurricane requirements while still having an ease of use that’s unique,” Hughes says. “The craftsmanship of their wood windows is just unmatched.” While the company produces casement and double-hung windows, as well as sliding and French doors, he says, “we find the sliding windows to be exceptional.” Zeluck, zeluck.com

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Panel of Experts: Parklex panels combine a kraft-paper-and-resin core, bonded under high pressure and temperature, with wood veneers treated for resistance to moisture and UV rays. Hughes has tapped the company’s Façade panel for an upcoming project, in which it will clad walls that transition from indoors to outdoors. “It’s a stable material that can be used on a continuous internal–external surface,” he says, “so it reads as one continuous volume.” Parklex, parklex.com

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Disappearing Act: Weiland sliding doors are a new addition to Hughes’s list of favorites, but he readily recommends the company’s line. “I’m impressed with their attention to detail,” he says. The Liftslide, suitable for conventional, curved, corner, and pocketing applications, is available in all wood, all aluminum, and aluminum with a wood interior. With a track that projects only 3/16 inch above the finish floor, Hughes says, it offers “the ability to create continuous indoor and outdoor floor alignment.” Weiland, weilandslidingdoors.com

See all the entries in Architects' Choice 2013.