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nice curveItems that will be touched assume a lofty position in architecture. Mahady exalts the curved handrail. "The curved form of a handrail is completed by the grip of a hand," she says. The handrail shown was custom fabricated by Dave Krueger for one of SALA's custom homes. David M. Krueger Construction, 360.298.0744.

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  • nice curveItems that will be touched assume a lofty position in architecture. Mahady exalts the curved handrail. "The curved form of a handrail is completed by the grip of a hand," she says. The handrail shown was custom fabricated by Dave Krueger for one of SALA's custom homes. David M. Krueger Construction, 360.298.0744.

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    nice curveItems that will be touched assume a lofty position in architecture. Mahady exalts the curved handrail. "The curved form of a handrail is completed by the grip of a hand," she says. The handrail shown was custom fabricated by Dave Krueger for one of SALA's custom homes. David M. Krueger Construction, 360.298.0744.

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    nice curve
    Items that will be touched assume a lofty position in architecture. Mahady exalts the curved handrail. "The curved form of a handrail is completed by the grip of a hand," she says. The handrail shown was custom fabricated by Dave Krueger for one of SALA's custom homes. David M. Krueger Construction, 360.298.0744.

  • carry on For Mahady, the Lightfall outdoor fixture does more than just illuminate. "A lanternlike light recalls the time when we carried light and fire from place to place," she says. The aluminum dark-sky compliant product is 11.4 inches wide and comes in three finishes and four glass options. Hubbardton Forge, 802.468.3090; www.hubbardtonforge.com.

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    carry on For Mahady, the Lightfall outdoor fixture does more than just illuminate. "A lanternlike light recalls the time when we carried light and fire from place to place," she says. The aluminum dark-sky compliant product is 11.4 inches wide and comes in three finishes and four glass options. Hubbardton Forge, 802.468.3090; www.hubbardtonforge.com.

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    carry on
    For Mahady, the Lightfall outdoor fixture does more than just illuminate. "A lanternlike light recalls the time when we carried light and fire from place to place," she says. The aluminum dark-sky compliant product is 11.4 inches wide and comes in three finishes and four glass options. Hubbardton Forge, 802.468.3090; www.hubbardtonforge.com.

  • perfect soakKohler's Greek soaking tub gets Mahady's vote for a timeless design. "This deep short tub is perfectly proportioned to a comfortably seated body," she says. Measuring 48 inches long and 32 inches wide, the acrylic tub has an extra-deep basin and comes in a wide variety of colors. Kohler, 800.456.4537; www.us.kohler.com.

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    perfect soakKohler's Greek soaking tub gets Mahady's vote for a timeless design. "This deep short tub is perfectly proportioned to a comfortably seated body," she says. Measuring 48 inches long and 32 inches wide, the acrylic tub has an extra-deep basin and comes in a wide variety of colors. Kohler, 800.456.4537; www.us.kohler.com.

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    perfect soak
    Kohler's Greek soaking tub gets Mahady's vote for a timeless design. "This deep short tub is perfectly proportioned to a comfortably seated body," she says. Measuring 48 inches long and 32 inches wide, the acrylic tub has an extra-deep basin and comes in a wide variety of colors. Kohler, 800.456.4537; www.us.kohler.com.

  • sala architectsmichaela mahady, aiastillwater, minn.www.salaarc.com

    Credit: Morgan Mosiman

    sala architects
    michaela mahady, aia
    stillwater, minn.
    www.salaarc.com

"enduring design has a perceptible connection to the human body. products or materials that display a humanlike form, are made by the hand, or invite use by the hand or body are somehow familiar to us."

View Michaela Mahady's "Architects' Choice" picks in the slideshow at left. 

other favorites

Concrete Arts: concrete sinks, concretearts.com.
Mayeron-Cowles: clay tile, mayeroncowles.com.
Pegasus Studio: leaded glass windows, pegasusstudioinc.com.  


  • timeless design objectsMini Cooper: "The success of the Mini Cooper comes as much from its friendly face as its fuel efficiency."

    Credit: Courtesy Mini USA

timeless design objects

Mini Cooper: “The success of the Mini Cooper comes as much from its friendly face as its fuel efficiency.”
Alessi corkscrew/bottle opener: “The humanlike form of an Alessi corkscrew is amusing and attractive.”
Rocking chair: “The curved shape of a rocker by Thos. Moser seems to embrace the sitter.”

View the next architects' choice article.