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strong sideWestern red cedar is one of the most enduring siding materials, says Mankins, who used it on this home. He chooses it for its "durability, weather resistance, and renewable nature," he notes. Easy to cut and finish, it weathers beautifully and contains natural oils that resist moisture. Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, 866.778.9096; www.wrcla.org.

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  • strong sideWestern red cedar is one of the most enduring siding materials, says Mankins, who used it on this home. He chooses it for its "durability, weather resistance, and renewable nature," he notes. Easy to cut and finish, it weathers beautifully and contains natural oils that resist moisture. Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, 866.778.9096; www.wrcla.org.

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    strong sideWestern red cedar is one of the most enduring siding materials, says Mankins, who used it on this home. He chooses it for its "durability, weather resistance, and renewable nature," he notes. Easy to cut and finish, it weathers beautifully and contains natural oils that resist moisture. Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, 866.778.9096; www.wrcla.org.

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    Western red cedar is one of the most enduring siding materials, says Mankins, who used it on this home. He chooses it for its "durability, weather resistance, and renewable nature," he notes. Easy to cut and finish, it weathers beautifully and contains natural oils that resist moisture. Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, 866.778.9096; www.wrcla.org.

  • clear and presentTraditional architectural glass isn't clear enough for Mankins, which is why he uses PPG's Starphire Ultra-Clear. The company "removes the contaminant that historically makes glass green," he says. "This is truly clear." The low-iron product comes in standard and extra-heavy thicknesses. PPG Industries, 888.774.4332; www.ppg.com.

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    clear and presentTraditional architectural glass isn't clear enough for Mankins, which is why he uses PPG's Starphire Ultra-Clear. The company "removes the contaminant that historically makes glass green," he says. "This is truly clear." The low-iron product comes in standard and extra-heavy thicknesses. PPG Industries, 888.774.4332; www.ppg.com.

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    clear and present
    Traditional architectural glass isn't clear enough for Mankins, which is why he uses PPG's Starphire Ultra-Clear. The company "removes the contaminant that historically makes glass green," he says. "This is truly clear." The low-iron product comes in standard and extra-heavy thicknesses. PPG Industries, 888.774.4332; www.ppg.com.

  • grout outWhen it comes to tiles, Mankins turns to Italian manufacturer Floor Gres for its wide range of products. Shown in this Substance-designed bathroom, the tiles are made "to extremely high tolerances, reducing the need for wide, ugly (and vulnerable) grout joints," the architect says. Floor Gres Ceramiche, 39.0536.840111; www.floorgres.it.

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    grout outWhen it comes to tiles, Mankins turns to Italian manufacturer Floor Gres for its wide range of products. Shown in this Substance-designed bathroom, the tiles are made "to extremely high tolerances, reducing the need for wide, ugly (and vulnerable) grout joints," the architect says. Floor Gres Ceramiche, 39.0536.840111; www.floorgres.it.

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    grout out
    When it comes to tiles, Mankins turns to Italian manufacturer Floor Gres for its wide range of products. Shown in this Substance-designed bathroom, the tiles are made "to extremely high tolerances, reducing the need for wide, ugly (and vulnerable) grout joints," the architect says. Floor Gres Ceramiche, 39.0536.840111; www.floorgres.it.

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"I think that a product's design, or design in general, is enduring when it clearly reflects its use, works extremely well, and is direct. By direct, I mean it solves a problem in a very uncomplicated way."

View Paul Mankins' "Architects' Choice" picks in the slideshow at left. 

other favorites

Glen-Gery Brick: brick, www.glengerybrick.com.
Ipe Decking: ipe lumber, www.ipedecking.com.
NBK North America: terra-cotta panels, www.nbk.de.


  • timeless design objectsGibson Les Paul: "After 60 years it is still the best electric guitar made (sorry Stratocaster fans). I am looking forward to the 100th anniversary reissue."

    Credit: Courtesy Gibson

timeless design objects

Eames molded plywood lounge chair: “Simple, elegant, efficient. Looks as ‘modern’ today as it did 50 years ago.”
Tungsten filament light bulb: “Perhaps not as energy efficient, but widely manufactured, easy to replace, and we still can’t quite beat its color rendition.”
Gibson Les Paul: “After 60 years it is still the best electric guitar made (sorry Stratocaster fans). I am looking forward to the 100th anniversary reissue.”

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