david montalba, aia, leed ap
santa monica, calif.

lever, italian style

The Italian manufacturer is known for producing high-design architectural solid brass hardware. Montalba likes the H 329 Serie RB Novantacinque, which is available in various configurations. With a spring-assist built-in rosette, the product accommodates all standard and some custom backset dimensions. Valli & Valli, 212.326.8811; www.vallivalli-us.com.

fit to be tight

Montalba turns to Duratherm when he wants a modern window made from a traditional material—wood. The company fabricates its windows with frame depths of up to 10 inches and continuous extruded-silicone weather stripping. Duratherm Window Corp., 800.996.5558; www.durathermwindow.com.

modern proportions

Duravit is Montalba’s preferred brand for bath fixtures. With dual-flush, wall-hung toilets, bidets, sinks, and bath furniture, the German company offers myriad sizes, styles, and configurations. “Duravit gets it right in terms of proportions, beauty, and functionality and it’s the perfect white—spiritual but modern in its consistent clean look,” the architect says. Duravit, 770.931.3575; www.duravit.us.

light catcher

A fan of natural light, Montalba often specs Fleetwood Windows & Doors’ 3070 and 1000 series sliding doors. “The frames are thin and relatively minimal so we can capture the most light, the most view, and their ease of use is unmatched,” he says. Features include 1-inch clear glass and a bronze spacer. Fleetwood Windows & Doors, 800.736.7363; www.fleetwoodusa.com.

other favorites

Lane Air; www.lane-aire.com

U.S. Steel; www.uss.com

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