jonathan feldman, aia
Feldman specs Rixson offset pivot and floor hardware when he wants a dramatic entry door. Ideal for single-acting exterior or interior doors weighing up to 250 pounds, the hardware comes with a top pivot cover and floor plate. Products come in myriad finishes including bright brass, satin chrome, and bright chrome. Rixson Specialty Door Controls, 866.474.9766; www.rixson.com.
Feldman is a fan of the sliding door hardware for the rustic modern aesthetic. He also likes the function. Flexible enough for a variety of applications, the hardware is available in 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-foot track lengths and comes in flat black paint, galvanized, and stainless steel. It also can be ordered in a custom finish. Crown Industrial Barn, 650.952.5150; www.crown-industrial.com.
Midtown is a through-body stoneware tile that’s designed for contemporary interiors. It’s a “large-format ceramic tile we have been using quite a bit,” Feldman says. With neutral tones of gray and beige, the tiles are available in two sizes with either natural rectified or honed rectified edges for a clean look. Lea Ceramiche, 39 0536.837811; www.ceramichelea.it.
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Nest is a smart thermostat that creates a custom heating and cooling schedule. As a result, it conserves energy when the house is empty. Using a combination of sensors, algorithms, machine learning, and cloud computing, the device learns behaviors and preferences and adjusts the temperature up or down accordingly. Nest Labs, 650.561.4089; www.nest.com.
Stone Panels; www.stonepanels.com
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