WOSB: More Than Four Letters

I knew Annie was working on all of the files and documents to get Modern Metal certified as a Women’s Owned Small Business (WOSB), but I didn’t know what certification would truly mean to her, to me, and to Modern Metal as a whole. I have worked for many small businesses, some with a male […]

Is that Bump OK?

This week I had the pleasure of working on another project with architect and friend Rob Zirkle.  He’s already filled his modern Oakland home with our grilles,  and now adding some gates and panels to the exterior.  I wanted to write about this because it was such a joy to work directly with him on […]

Serendipity and a Sliding Door

A couple of years ago Heather Cleveland , invited me to present to a group of female designers that she meets with regularly, all of whom are talented and very supportive of each other’s work. What an honor to meet this fabulous group of women! One of the designers attending our presentation that day was […]

Pop of Powder

Spring is here and we’re in the mood for color!  Powder Coats are the way we do this at Modern Metal.  In case you don’t know, and I didn’t until I started this company, powder coating is a preferred finish because it’s much more durable and tougher than a conventional coat of paint. It does […]

Let’s Get Technical: CFM 

This week, we had a designer tell us her contractor requested a specific CFM (cubic feet per minute) for a vent underneath a fireplace.  She wanted to know which of our patterns would meet their requirement or at least come closest.  Her question reminded me of an important technical issue which I had researched extensively […]

Form Follows Function

Form follows function* but it doesn’t have to be ugly!  We approach all of our projects with this in mind for sure.   I am highlighting a recently completed project that illustrates this quite beautifully.  Peruri Design needed cabinetry inserts with a cutout to access the existing AV system.  They had some existing pieces that […]

Jessica’s Day Off

I hope you are inspired as much as I am reading Jessica’s words below, as she describes how she spent her day off this week. Jessica, our Project Manager extraordinaire, works incredibly hard, and lives in Carmel, Indiana. When she told me she wanted to take a day off in this way, I was inspired. […]

Blackened Steel-Yes We Can!

So many customers ask us for blackened steel.  It’s THE finish that we all love!  Surprisingly, it has always been a bit of a scramble for us to find a finisher who can achieve this beautiful organic look. It’s deceiving because it looks straight forward, as though one could just take a piece of raw […]

Rattan Returns with a Twist

We are formally releasing this new pattern today, Rattan Remix!  Rattan Remix is my modern take on traditional caning weave structure. Interpreting rattan in brightly colored metal is exactly what I wanted to do, to mix things up a bit.  I pared down the many layers of interconnecting fibers typical of rattan and wicker into […]

The Power of Press

Happening this week is our feature in House Beautiful!  It’s a great personal story for me as it started about 5 or 6 years ago when I was in NYC and met with Carisha Swanson at the Hearst building. I still remember what a thrill it was to be in the Hearst building, the source, […]