place architects
heather johnston

lyte commercial

Place Architects often re-purposes industrial products for residential applications. Stonco's Roughlyte is one example. “[It's] a fun departure from typical residential fixtures,” Johnston says. “It's even watertight, for exterior applications.” Ideal for walls or ceilings, the fixture has a heat- and shock-resistant glass globe and a die-cast cage to protect against debris when used outside. Numerous styles and sizes are available. Crescent/Stonco, 800.334.2212;  

super rohl

As far as Johnston is concerned, Shaw's Original apron-front sink by Rohl can be used in any architectural situation. “It looks fantastic in both renovations and modern spaces,” says the architect, who used it in this firm project. Measuring 30 inches wide and 18 inches from front to back, the 8½-inch-deep fireclay sink resists daily abuse and is hardy enough to be cleaned with abrasive pads or powders. Choose from black, biscuit, or white. Rohl, 800.777.9762;  

easy does it

When the budget is tight, Johnston reaches for Amana's Easy Reach refrigerators. “The stainless steel 26-inch-deep refrigerators are an alternative to Sub-Zero that work as well, if not better, for a fraction of the cost,” the architect says. The unit's shallow depth matches the surrounding cabinetry for a built-in look, while a bottom-freezer configuration gives consumers eye-level access to fresh food. The unit also exceeds federal energy-efficiency standards by 15 percent, the company says. Amana, 800.843.0304;