Brooklyn-based design firm Workstead isn't big on color. Founders Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, both graduates of the architecture program at Rhode Island School of Design, don't rely on bright paint color to give their work its beauty. ("Too easy, no integrity.") Rather, their designs spring from "the poetic (but still very regimented) use of materials," according to Dwell. So for a client's kitchen redesign, they decided to use brass as their color.