Kanner favors finishes with texture, including the plaster cladding on his house. He's particularly fond of plaster because it's a ubiquitous material that can be found all over the world. When working with plaster providers, Kanner says he requests a final application of scratch coat because “it's another way of [cutting] costs, and you get these beautiful trowel marks.” The Portland Cement Association, 847.966.6200; www.cement.org

kanner architects
santa monica, calif.
stephen h. kanner, faia