Simpson Strong-Tie is exposing its wares—at least some of them. The Dublin, Calif.–based company, known for its behind-the-walls structural building connectors, has launched a line of prefinished connectors and joist ties for exposed wood applications. Designed by the company's Architectural Products Group, the pieces have a textured black powder-coat finish that complements exposed ceiling beams and timber-frame architecture. Simpson Strong-Tie, 800.999.5099;