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    the architect’s eye

    A look at products designed by architects.

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    good reads

    A fine crop of new books on architecture and design to help you catch up on your reading this summer.

  • Stephen Kanner, FAIA, 1955–2010

    L.A. modernist architect and founder of the A+D Museum passed away from cancer on July 2 at the age of 54.


green pieces

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    vast improvement

    VAST's recycled tire modular paving system promotes drainage.

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    pure protection

    Purity water-based stain penetrates wood and contains no VOCs.

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    stealthy savings

    The Stealth uses only 0.8 gallons of water per flush.


k+b studio


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    clear story

    The master bath and powder of this California wine country house carve out distinct spaces without isolating themselves from the rest of the house.



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    tree house

    This California wine country kitchen creates a coherent sense of space while never losing touch with its surroundings.



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    right-sizing your price

    To sustain their businesses during the economic recovery, some firms are getting creative with their pricing.


architects' choice

  • eternal light

    Historical Concepts: Lighting fixtures that "merge the old with the new for finely crafted, yet functional [...]"

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    Historical Concepts: Rocky Mountain casts its products, in this case doorknobs, from bronze and applies various old world finishes.

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    downright upright

    Historical Concepts: When columns are done right, nothing expresses the interrelationship between function, form, and beauty more elegantly. By Chadsworth.

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    clear view

    Antoine Predock Architect: John Lewis Glass cast glass: When the light comes in its truly magical.

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    my mosa

    Julie Snow Architects: Royal Mosa ceramic tiles come in a variety of ceramic surfaces.

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    in vitra veritas

    Jasobsen Architecture: Vitraform glass products from Cherry Creek Enterprises are "delightful and powerful."

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    toto, too

    Antoine Predock Architect: Toilets from Toto are always well designed and equally fuctional.

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    zero gain

    Antoine Predock Architect: Sub-Zero refrigerators offer dual compressors, air purification, and spill-proof shelves, among other features.

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    try this at home

    Julie Snow Architects: This paper-based surfacing, also also called Skatelite by architects, comes in 12 colors.

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    valli girl

    Julie Snow Architects: This Serie Bernina handle from Valli&Valli is made from solid brass and comes in three finishes.

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    reign of tara

    Jasobsen Architecture: Dornbracht's Tara Classic faucet is a perennial favorite among architects—Jacobsen included.

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    plug away

    Jasobsen Architecture: Designed by architect Omer Arbel, the wall outlet from Bocci muds into drywall or any wall surface without a visible face plate.

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    carry on

    Sala Architects: A lightfall outdoor fixture by Hubbardton Forge is "a lanternlike light that recalls the time when we carried light and fire from place to place."

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    nice curve

    Sala Architects: A custom fabricated, curved handrail by David M. Krueger Construction.

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    perfect soak

    Sala Architects: Kohler's Greek soaking tub gets Mahady's vote for a timeless design.

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    good cover

    Suzane Reatig Architecture: Wood fiber and resin panels from Trespa North America has a "large selection of vibrant colors."

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    strong side

    Substance Architecture:

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    by the numbers

    Suzane Reatig Architecture: Reatig is a fan of Bega light fixtures because "they are simple and classic."

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    bounce in the step

    Suzane Reatig Architecture: Simply put, says Reatig, Johnsonite rubber flooring "is durable and fun."

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    time travel

    Khoury & Vogt Architects: Cement tiles from Aguayo Tile work inside and out, with their intricate geometric and floral patterns traditionally laid as carpets in living rooms and outdoor loggias."

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    living light

    Khoury & Vogt Architects: Bevelo gas and electric lanterns, Khoury-Vogt says, "are timeless in their design and work with nearly any style, of architecture."

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    hot stuff

    Khoury & Vogt Architects: Viking appliances from Viking Range Corp. get the architects' vote for timeless quality.

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    clear and present

    Substance Architecture: Traditional architectural glass isn't clear enough for Mankins, which is why he uses PPG's Starphire Ultra-Clear.

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    grout out

    Substance Architecture: When it comes to tiles, Mankins turns to Italian manufacturer Floor Gres for its wide range of products.

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    grand openings

    Safdie Rabines Architecture: Weiland's lift-slide pocket doors allow seamless connections inside and out.

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    hidden treasure

    Safdie Rabines Architecture: In keeping with its sleek aesthetic, Safdie Rabines chooses Soss' disappearing hinges from Universal Industrial Products.

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    numbers again

    Safdie Rabines Architecture: Good design is priceless, so Safdie Rabines specs Hfele pulls from Hfele America Co. for high and low budget projects.

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    antoine predock architect

    "[Enduring design] dispels the notion of classicism. Something that has no stylistic baggage but is still timeless."

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    historical concepts

    "A small dose of whimsy or quirkiness, balanced by a hierarchy of massing, makes design truly enduring."

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    julie snow architects

    "Enduring architectural products must be both beautiful and durable."

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    safdie rabines architects

    "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."

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    suzane reatig architecture

    "Enduring designs will long outlive their designers."

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    substance architecture

    "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."

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    sala architects

    "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."

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    khoury & vogt architects

    "We believe enduring design is defined by those who use it and love it. If something is loved, it will endure, no matter how ephemeral its material life may be."

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    jacobsen architecture

    "Enduring design is the result of products that last because they fulfill their purpose, do not intrude beyond their function, and are not superfluous beyond their nature."

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    cutler anderson architects

    "Enduring design is like good poetry ... the most said with the minimum use of words. In the case of physical design, this means the revealing of a story through the language that is inherent in materials."

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    fire starter

    Cutler Anderson Architects: A Rais wood stove is an example of enduring design.

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    great grab

    Cutler Anderson Architects: High-quality, timeless door hardware.

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    iconic columns

    Cutler Anderson Architects: Thermador’s concealed 24-inch wide columns.

  • architects' choice

    Our annual Architects' Choice showcase features timeless materials selected by luminaries in the profession.


shelter lab

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    aging with grace

    Perkins Eastman Architects, Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, and Stantec use sustainable and intergenerational design strategies to enhance senior living at NewBridge on the Charles.



new material

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    got the feeling

    Feel shelving features thick stainless steel members with polycarbonate shelves.

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    freeze frame

    Knight Wall Systems come prefabricated to accept various cladding material.

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    ordering in

    Artisan Fire oven creates restaurant-quality pizza at home.

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    diamond club

    Spirit Song brings warm yet modern design to outdoor furniture.

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    A-series exceeds 2010 Energy Star standards.

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    big deal

    Isis brings large-diameter fans to the high-end residential market.



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    koning eizenberg architecture

    This office, built in the late 1990s, reflects the values of the California-based firm: speed, frugality, and sustainability.


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