Perforated metal may not be the most exciting material, but a skillful architect can bring it to life, as Graybeal did in this stair rail. His preferred spec comes from McNichols, which offers myriad metal products for architectural applications. The company says the products are lightweight, economical, and easily customized. Choose from numerous hole patterns, gauges, materials, and sizes. McNichols, 813.282.3828;

Doug Graybeal, AIA
graybeal architects
carbondale, colo.