Annie Kantor
Founder, Modern Metal

Annie Kantor earned her B.F.A. in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She honed her craft working in the contract textile industry designing woven upholstery and panel fabrics, serving as Head of Custom Studio at Maharam.

While tackling the renovation of a period home in Oakland, Annie become frustrated by the lack of enticing designs in metal. She saw an opportunity to apply her expertise in repeating-pattern design and developed a line of custom metal work that blossomed into Modern Metal.

She now brings a full array signature designs in the form of grilles, heat registers, vents, and custom metal doors and panels to architects and interior designers nationwide through Modern Metal.  

Jessica Willits, Project Manager

Educated in business and marketing, Jessica started her career in social media and search engine optimization. For the last nine years, she has found her professional home in the design industry. By marrying her love of all things digital with the technicalities of design work, she thrives in her role as Project Manager for Modern Metal. Jessica’s experience specific to the steel industry is a perfect match for the Modern Metal team – and her organizational skills aren’t too shabby either! 

“Attention to detail and craftsmanship is outstanding.”

Just by chance, my wife had dog-eared a page in Elle Décor magazine and showed me floor- and wall-grate designs by Modern Metal. We were not even in the market for such a piece, as we had no intention of retrofitting a/c into our 1920s-built house. However, after ultimately making the decision to install a/c, and realizing the return air grate needed to be located in a prominent, easily visible portion of our house, our contractor simply was not presenting anything of fine design and quality. Then, we remembered the page in Elle Décor. Annie worked with us on design choices and material. We decided on a 3/8 inch beveled, oil-rubbed bronze, “From Sphere to Eternity” for a floor grate. Annie gave us status updates as the work progressed, including getting best pricing on the raw bronze material. It arrived very carefully packaged. What a beautiful piece! The fit is perfect. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is outstanding. It already has a patina. It looks as if it were polished by hand (maybe it was). There is not a single flaw; this is a heavy, substantial piece of art that you can even walk on! It blends in perfectly with our Craftsman/English Tudor-style home.
Ted Barber, client