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Desai/Chia Architecture Recess Lav Desai/Chia Architecture's Recess Lav integrates a sink, backsplash, and mirrored storage unit into one elegant package.

Architects Katherine Chia, AIA, and Arjun Desai designed it to be recessed into a wall, so its sink projects out a mere 12 inches. Bennett Friedman, principal of the showroom AF New York, commissioned the couple to design this space-conserving product and built the prototype using resin sheets.

Chia and Desai road-tested the Recess Lav in their own home, ensuring that it could stand up to the wear and tear inflicted by a family of four. The final version debuted at ICFF 2010, to much acclaim; it will be available through AF New York ( by the end of the summer.

FINNE Architects SVING bench Furniture and lighting design are logical sidelines for Seattle architect Nils Finne, AIA. He often creates custom pieces for his residential projects, and adapts them for other buyers on a made-to-order basis. "Compared to implementing and executing architecture, it's more manageable, in a sense, and more immediate," he says. His custom SVING bench, completed in June, joins sinuous strips of Sapele wood with legs of blackened steel.

FINNE Architects FOSS pendant light The FOSS pendant light, by FINNE Architects, is made of handblown glass. It gets its name from the Norwegian word for "waterfall."

Nils Finne also designed the 9-by-12 foot GRESS rug, which was handwoven in Nepal.

Graypants Steplight Designers Jonathan Junker and Seth Grizzle started their Seattle architecture and product design firm, Graypants, out of a desire to work with their hands. The company introduced one of its latest items, a metal lamp called the Steplight, at ICFF in the spring.

The Steplight's interlocking pieces require no adhesives, fasteners, or screws. The light can sit on a flat surface or be suspended from above, and fits into both residential and commercial settings.

The Steplight "is us trying to be as efficient as possible within a single disk of recycled aluminum," says Graypants' Jonathan Junker, who worked at Olson Kundig Architects before moving over to Graypants full time.

Italian architects Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas have designed the Carmen handle for Manital. This door and window handle consists of forged brass with a chrome, satin chrome, or satin nickel finish. Its central groove is available in red, white, black, yellow, or copper. Carmen was first introduced in February at the MADE expo in Milan. For more on this product, visit

Poggenpohl's ARTESIO kitchen, designed by German architect Hadi Teherani, serves as both a holistic living space and an integral part of the home's structure. ARTESIO launched in April at Eurocucina, and will be available as of January in the U.S. Visit for more information.

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