anne y. decker, aia
bethesda, md.

big steel

Steel is the ultimate modern window and door spec, and Decker’s favorite is Crittall Window’s Corporate 2000 series, seen here in the firm’s work. It “offers great flexibility in steel window design and delivers very slim sight lines that allow for maximum glazing,” she says. A redesign of the traditional hot rolled steel window, it’s made with slender profiles, an external rainscreen, and a powder-coat finish, among other features. Crittall Windows, 44 1376 530800;

tara firma

Like so many architects, Decker is a fan of Dornbracht’s Tara faucet line. The German brand constructs its products from solid brass and uses only ceramic disk cartridges for durability. It’s “an unadorned beautifully streamlined faucet, elegant in its simplicity—a classic,” she states. Various finishes are available. Dornbracht Americas, 800.774.1181;

air apparent

Decker turns to The Reggio Register Co. when she wants a traditional grill to blend in with the firm’s work. “They carry both historically appropriate as well as clean-lined grills for modern applications in a host of finishes,” she says. Grilles can be produced from wood, aluminum, and come in a variety of sizes. The Reggio Register Co., 800.880.3090;

windsor hot

For Old World charm, the architect turns to Paul Ferrante for handcrafted lanterns. “The modified Windsor in an old iron finish with antique glass is one of our staples,” Decker raves. Seen here in one of the firm’s projects, the unit measures 9 inches wide and 16 inches tall, but it can be customized. Paul Ferrante, 323.653.6504;

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