a cut above The corner posts, island posts, and corbels that comprise the Arts Collection are crafted from North American hardwoods. They are available in standard and custom sizes. Art For Everyday. 866.850.2680. www.afe-inc.com.

crackle pop EcoSmart's Retro fireplace was inspired by 1960s pop culture motifs. Measuring roughly 35 inches high by 35 inches wide, the indoor/outdoor ethanol unit has a fiberglass surround, stainless steel firebox, and glass screen. It comes in black, white, and an array of bright colors. EcoSmart. 310.914.3335. www.ecosmartfire.com.

open secret The Apollo lever (shown here with the 2 3/8 inch-diameter AN Round Rose base) has stealthily concealed screws on both sides. It measures 4.375 inches long and comes in a variety of finishes. Ashley Norton. 800.393.1097. www.ashleynorton.com.

spot on Multiple Spots recessed lighting products now come in trimless styles with a white finish. The metal halide and low-voltage halogen lamps offer a 25-degree tilt adjustment for targeted illumination. WAC Lighting. 800.526.2588. www.waclighting.com.

canterbury tales Atlas Homewares' Canterbury Collection combines eye-catching red and black or black and white designs with burnished bronze accents and a lacquered finish. The line includes 5-inch and 7-inch pulls and a knob with a 1½-inch diameter. Atlas Homewares. 800.799.6755. www.atlashomewares.com.

ring of light The Tropico modular suspension lamp is configurable in different shapes and sizes, with a maximum diameter of 6 1/2 feet. It's comprised of variably sized rings, forming a skeleton to which small thermoplastic resin pieces can attach. Foscarini SRL. 39.041.595.3811. www.foscarini.com.

nature and nurture The Noche collection of floor inlays from Oshkosh Designs features both manmade and natural elements. The 36-inch Alhambra medallion (shown) couples wenge and aluminum, while the Windsor integrates three types of woods. Oshkosh Designs. 877.582.9977. www.oshkoshdesigns.com.

the skinny With a thickness of just 4 millimeters, SlimmKer glazed porcelain tiles from Tile of Spain-branded Inalco weigh 45 percent less than standard tiles and contain less than half the raw materials. Each tile measures approximately 18 inches by 35 inches and is suitable for both interior and exterior walls and floors. Inalco. 305.446.4387. www.inalco.es.

step lively UltraGlas produces a variety of glass products suitable for many applications, including flooring. In this category, 17 standard surface textures and 47 colors and patterns are possible. Users also can specify custom colors, as well as size, shape, and thickness up to ¾ inch. UltraGlas. 800.777.2332. www.ultraglas.com.

covert operationsweb-extra AX3 three-way invisible speakers' rigid frames fit into 3 1/2-inch-deep stud walls and attach directly to standard structural framing without the need for special mounting brackets. The speakers produce frequencies ranging from 40Hz to 20kHz. Stealth Acoustics. 360.848.6800.www.stealthacoustics.com.

Line of FireWeb-extra Spark's Linear Burner System can be configured as a one-sided, two-sided, or three-sided gas fireplace or with a completely open view. It's available in lengths of 24 inches to 96 inches. Spark Modern Fires. 866.938.3846.www.sparkfires.com.

all clearweb-extra The Protega ultra-filtration system removes contaminants—bacteria, cysts, and viruses, including E. coli—at water's point of entry into the home. The 130,000-gallon capacity system is certified by NSF International. Everpure. 800.323.7873.www.everpure.com.

little helperweb-extra Kidde's low-profile Silhouette Carbon Monoxide Alarm operates on a 120-volt AC/DC power source for up to seven years. The device requires little to no maintenance, since its sealed, rechargeable battery backup will last as long as the alarm. A digital display offers easy viewing of current CO levels. Kidde. 800.880.6788.www.kidde.com.

nooks and cranniesweb-extra Gemstone Walls transform ordinary walls into design showcases by combining Eldorado Stone's stone veneer products with embedded wine nooks, integrated candle spaces (shown), or mounted art displays. Idea Books showcasing the possibilities are available for download from the company's website. The concept won a 2009 MVP Award from our sister publication, BUILDING PRODUCTS. Eldorado Stone. 800.925.1491. www.eldoradostone.com.

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