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Architects' Choice: Interface Studio Architects

Brian Phillips picks his favorite low-cost and high-end products.

Architects' Choice: Interface Studio Architects

Brian Phillips picks his favorite low-cost and high-end products.

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    essence of style $

    When the budget is tight, Interface Studio uses the Essence faucet from Grohe. It offers high-end “looks, good quality, and a great price,” Phillips explains. Units are made with brass castings and ceramic cartridges. The versiona shown here are priced from $339 (left) and $595 (right). Grohe America, 630.582.7711; www.groheamerica.com.
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    water whirl $

    Phillips appreciates the eco angle of Kohler’s Persuade toilet, but he also values the style. “It looks great, and it’s a tremendous value for a water-sipping dual-flush toilet,” he says. The two-piece unit, priced at about $300, flushes with 0.8 or 1.6 gallons. Kohler, 800.456.4537; www.kohler.com.
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    Sam Oberter

    square pegs $$

    The 2.5 Square Suspended System is a modular platform that can be used for myriad tasks. “We like it over kitchen islands to finish off a minimal, sleek space,” Phillips says. Made from die-cast aluminum, modules may be connected with linear or 90-degree corner connectors. Prices range from $365 to $680. Artemide, 631.694.9292; www.artemide.us.
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    seriously good $$

    Because glass openings are the weakest points in a building envelope, Interface relies on Serious Energy’s high-performance windows with ratings as high as R-9. This 925 Series casement is fabricated with fiberglass exteriors and wood veneer interiors. Serious Energy, 800.797.8159; www.seriousenergy.com.
  • Brian Phillips of Interface Studio Architects.

    Credit: Interface Studio Architects

    interface studio architects
    brian phillips , aia, leed ap
    philadelphia
    www.is-architects.com

save $

CBF: cladding, www.cbf11.com

Plumen: exposed cfl, www.plumen.com

splurge $$

Dow: spray foam insulation, www.dow.com

Duravit: sink, www.duravit.com

Omnia Industries: door hardware, www.omniaindustries.com

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