Launch Slideshow

great grabUnable to find high-quality, timeless hardware, Cutler Anderson designed its own. The line features "simple designs with clarity of mechanical and human touch parts," Cutler says. Orcas features all stainless steel components and may be ordered with a walnut or beech handle. Reveal Designs, 914.220.0277; www.reveal-designs.com.

cutler anderson architects

cutler anderson architects

  • fire starterCutler says a Rais wood stove is an example of enduring design. It "provides a wonderfully efficient and beautiful view of fire and design," he explains. His favorite, Malta, is constructed of steel and measures 42 3/8 inches tall. Rais, 888.724.7789; www.rais.com.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp7884%2Etmp_tcm48-559039.jpg

    true

    fire starterCutler says a Rais wood stove is an example of enduring design. It "provides a wonderfully efficient and beautiful view of fire and design," he explains. His favorite, Malta, is constructed of steel and measures 42 3/8 inches tall. Rais, 888.724.7789; www.rais.com.

    600

    fire starter
    Cutler says a Rais wood stove is an example of enduring design. It "provides a wonderfully efficient and beautiful view of fire and design," he explains. His favorite, Malta, is constructed of steel and measures 42 3/8 inches tall. Rais, 888.724.7789; www.rais.com

  • great grabUnable to find high-quality, timeless hardware, Cutler Anderson designed its own. The line features "simple designs with clarity of mechanical and human touch parts," Cutler says. Orcas features all stainless steel components and may be ordered with a walnut or beech handle. Reveal Designs, 914.220.0277; www.reveal-designs.com.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp7888%2Etmp_tcm48-559043.jpg

    true

    great grabUnable to find high-quality, timeless hardware, Cutler Anderson designed its own. The line features "simple designs with clarity of mechanical and human touch parts," Cutler says. Orcas features all stainless steel components and may be ordered with a walnut or beech handle. Reveal Designs, 914.220.0277; www.reveal-designs.com.

    600

    great grab
    Unable to find high-quality, timeless hardware, Cutler Anderson designed its own. The line features “simple designs with clarity of mechanical and human touch parts,” Cutler says. Orcas features all stainless steel components and may be ordered with a walnut or beech handle. Reveal Designs, 914.220.0277; www.reveal-designs.com

  • iconic columnsWhen Cutler wants the fridge to disappear in style; he uses Thermadors concealed 24-inch wide columns. "The design allows for great flexibility in residential kitchens;  he notes. Each unit has its own compressor and comes in additional sizes, including 18-inch and 30-inch models. Thermador, 800.735.4328; www.thermador.com.

    http://www.residentialarchitect.com/Images/tmp788A%2Etmp_tcm48-559045.jpg

    true

    iconic columnsWhen Cutler wants the fridge to disappear in style; he uses Thermadors concealed 24-inch wide columns. "The design allows for great flexibility in residential kitchens; he notes. Each unit has its own compressor and comes in additional sizes, including 18-inch and 30-inch models. Thermador, 800.735.4328; www.thermador.com.

    600

    Mike Cornair

    iconic columns
    When Cutler wants the fridge to disappear in style, he uses Thermador's concealed 24-inch wide columns. "The design allows for great flexibility in residential kitchens," he notes. Each unit has its own compressor and comes in additional sizes, including 18-inch and 30-inch models. Thermador, 800.735.4328; www.thermador.com

  • cutler anderson architectsjames l. cutler, faiabainbridge island, wash.www.cutler-anderson.com

    Credit: Joel Sackett

    cutler anderson architects
    james l. cutler, faia
    bainbridge island, wash.
    www.cutler-anderson.com

"enduring design is like good poetry ... the most said with the minimum use of words. In the case of physical design, this means the revealing of a story through the language that is inherent in materials."

View James L. Cutler's "Architects' Choice" picks in the slideshow at left. 

other favorites

Häefle America: door straightening hardware, www.hafele.com
Blum: self-closing drawer hardware, www.blum.com
Portland Cement Association: concrete, www.cement.org


timeless design objects

The broom: “It is endemic to almost all cultures. It is fitted to the human anatomy (handle) and to the task (cleaning).”
A hornet’s nest: “Hornets’ nests are beautiful in that they are made from paper out of oxidized wood, created by animals.”
Chambered nautilus: “It is believed that the interior spiral of the chambered nautilus forms the Fibonacci sequence.”

view the next ""architects' choice"" article.

View the next "architects' choice" article.