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grand openingsWeiland's lift-slide pocket doors allow seamless connections inside and out. "Operation is smooth even with oversized doors," Safdie says, and they "provide a solid weather seal when in the closed and lowered position without a bulky threshold." The firm used the doors on this Malibu, Calif., beach house. Weiland Sliding Doors & Windows, 760.722.8828; www.weilandslidingdoors.com.

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  • grand openingsWeiland's lift-slide pocket doors allow seamless connections inside and out. "Operation is smooth even with oversized doors," Safdie says, and they "provide a solid weather seal when in the closed and lowered position without a bulky threshold." The firm used the doors on this Malibu, Calif., beach house. Weiland Sliding Doors & Windows, 760.722.8828; www.weilandslidingdoors.com.

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    grand openingsWeiland's lift-slide pocket doors allow seamless connections inside and out. "Operation is smooth even with oversized doors," Safdie says, and they "provide a solid weather seal when in the closed and lowered position without a bulky threshold." The firm used the doors on this Malibu, Calif., beach house. Weiland Sliding Doors & Windows, 760.722.8828; www.weilandslidingdoors.com.

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    Weiland's lift-slide pocket doors allow seamless connections inside and out. "Operation is smooth even with oversized doors," Safdie says, and they "provide a solid weather seal when in the closed and lowered position without a bulky threshold." The firm used the doors on this Malibu, Calif., beach house. Weiland Sliding Doors & Windows, 760.722.8828; www.weilandslidingdoors.com.

  • hidden treasureIn keeping with its sleek aesthetic, Safdie Rabines chooses Soss' disappearing hinges. "Invisible hinges are very strong and allow the creation of clean, smooth, flush surfaces for doors and cabinetry," Safdie says. The hinge's full mortise installation can support a 500-pound door. Universal Industrial Products, 800.922.6957; www.soss.com.

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    hidden treasureIn keeping with its sleek aesthetic, Safdie Rabines chooses Soss' disappearing hinges. "Invisible hinges are very strong and allow the creation of clean, smooth, flush surfaces for doors and cabinetry," Safdie says. The hinge's full mortise installation can support a 500-pound door. Universal Industrial Products, 800.922.6957; www.soss.com.

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    hidden treasure
    In keeping with its sleek aesthetic, Safdie Rabines chooses Soss' disappearing hinges. "Invisible hinges are very strong and allow the creation of clean, smooth, flush surfaces for doors and cabinetry," Safdie says. The hinge's full mortise installation can support a 500-pound door. Universal Industrial Products, 800.922.6957; www.soss.com.

  • numbers gainGood design is priceless, so Safdie Rabines specs Hfele pulls for high and low budget projects. One of its favorites is the 104.93.606 cabinet pull. It's "a low-cost but elegant and comfortable product that meets ADA requirements," Safdie explains. Hfele America Co., 800.423.3531; www.hafele.com.

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    numbers gainGood design is priceless, so Safdie Rabines specs Hfele pulls for high and low budget projects. One of its favorites is the 104.93.606 cabinet pull. It's "a low-cost but elegant and comfortable product that meets ADA requirements," Safdie explains. Hfele America Co., 800.423.3531; www.hafele.com.

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    Good design is priceless, so Safdie Rabines specs Hafele pulls for high and low budget projects. One of its favorites is the 104.93.606 cabinet pull. It's "a low-cost but elegant and comfortable product that meets ADA requirements," Safdie explains. Hafele America Co., 800.423.3531; www.hafele.com.

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"rather than relating to a specific period of time or a particular style, a timeless design is simply an expression of a unique program and site."

View Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines' "Architects' Choice" picks in the slideshow at left. 

other favorites

Schüco: windows and doors, www.schueco.com.
Various vendors: teak siding and decking.
Portland Cement Association: concrete, www.cement.org.


timeless design objects

Toyota Prius: “Best car we’ve owned.”
Our garden: “Enduring, timeless, soothing, and therapeutic.”
Butterfly chairs: “Comfortable, minimal, and beautiful when we were young and still are.”