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Architects' Choice By Year

2013 Architects' Choice

2012 Architects' Choice

2011 architects' choice

2010 architects' choice

  • eternal light

    Historical Concepts: Lighting fixtures that "merge the old with the new for finely crafted, yet functional [...]"

     
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    storyteller

    Historical Concepts: Rocky Mountain casts its products, in this case doorknobs, from bronze and applies various old world finishes.

     
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    downright upright

    Historical Concepts: When columns are done right, nothing expresses the interrelationship between function, form, and beauty more elegantly. By Chadsworth.

     
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    clear view

    Antoine Predock Architect: John Lewis Glass cast glass: When the light comes in its truly magical.

     

2009 architects' choice

  • carolina blues

    Frank Harmon Architect: Jacob's Creek Stone Co.'s Nor Carla Bluestone.

     
  • zip it

    Kaplan Thompson Architects: Huber Engineered Woods' ZIP System building envelopes.

     
  • greenprints

    Specht Harpman: Weston Solutions' GreenGrid modular system.

     

2008 architects' choice

  • Tex Mix

    Rob Paulus Architect: Mix Phifertex fabric panels with run-of-the-mill turnbuckles and eyebolts to create sunscreens and other architectural wonders.

     
  • On Guard

    Rob Paulus Architect: Tampa, Fla.-based McNichols specializes in lightweight perforated metal panels that are suitable for many architectural applications.

     
  • Driven To Xcell

    Rockhill and Associates: Xcell spray-in cellulose is used in lieu of fiberglass to prevent air leakage more effectively than conventional insulation.

     

2007 architects' choice

  • globus trotter

    Single Speed Design: Globus Cork tiles in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.

     
  • curve appeal

    Single Speed Design: Laminated bamboo from Smith & Fong.

     
  • rhein tone

    Single Speed Design: RHEINZINK's eponymous building material.

     

2006 architects' choice query

  • wide angle

    Tobler Duncker: The Superior TM-4500 by Lennox Hearth Products, a clean-face wood-burning fireplace with a large opening, eliminates the need for costly masonry construction.

     
  • agri culture

    Tobler Duncker: Copper Sales' metal exterior products' "simple quality serves the modern representation of the ranch/agricultural vernacular."

     
  • tangentially speaking

    Kevin Defreitas Architects, AIA: Tangent lever designed by architect Robert Watson for Lockwood.

     

2005 architects' choice

  • Outgoing Lam

    Semple Brown Design: Abet Laminiti's yellow laminates

     
  • Top Drop

    Semple Brown Design: Anta's drop pendant fixture

     
  • Metal Medley

    Semple Brown Design: Metecno-Morin's metal products

     
 

appliances / lighting / systems

Bath

  • Lighten up

    Swatt Architects: Concreteworks Studio's concrete countertops and bathtubs are embedded with fiber optics that are invisible during the day...

     
  • good sense

    Holst Architecture: Kohler Co.'s Cimarron 1.28-gallons-per-flush toliet tank.

     
 

flooring / surfaces

hardware

  • discreet charm

    Nandinee Phookan Architect: Häfele’s Hawa top-hung sliding door hardware.

     
  • raging pull

    EFM Design: Leather architectural pulls designed for Spinneybeck.

     
 

kitchen

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    antoine predock architect

    "[Enduring design] dispels the notion of classicism. Something that has no stylistic baggage but is still timeless."

     
  • carolina blues

    Frank Harmon Architect: Jacob's Creek Stone Co.'s Nor Carla Bluestone.

     

paints / coatings

  • a coat above

    Holst Architecture: Miller Paint Co.'s zero-VOC Acro Pure paint.

     
  • Metal Magic

    Max Strang Architecture: Modern Masters' Metal Effects is a water-based decorative painting system that can create patinaed and oxidized...

     
 

structural

  • hot item

    Hays + Ewing Design Studio: Cambia Building Products' thermally modified lumber.

     
  • state of vegetation

    Kaplan Thompson Architects: LiveRoof's modular roof system.

     

Sustainable

  • all the news that fits

    Kuklinski and Rappe Architects: Nu-Wool claims WALLSEAL—an engineered spray-in cellulose insulation made of recycled newsprint—completely...

     
  • good sense

    Holst Architecture: Kohler Co.'s Cimarron 1.28-gallons-per-flush toliet tank.

     
 

windows / doors