Behind the Scenes

BTX for the Win!

I can only write about this now that I know the client is happy, our customer is happy, and our metal panels are installed and looking great. I can say it now out loud.  This job was a complete disaster!  I feel I wouldn’t be genuine if I only shared the glory stories, so here […]

Muscle Memory in CAD

I’ve been using Pointcarre since I began my design career, as this is the premier textile design program which Maharam chose to use when I worked there as a new designer.  Recently, and while on vacation, I’ve been going through all of my existing Signature patterns to refine their repeats and make them more readily […]

Need it FAST? We’ve Gotcha!

This month we’ve had two big need it FAST asks right as the holidays are upon us, one last week, one this week. The first rush order was simply a matter of us getting the job or not. We were up against another vendor and we needed to beat their timeline, which we did. The second job is […]

Jewelry for the Home

A friend of mine once said to me when hearing the price for one of my grilles (I think it was about $350), this really is a luxury item, like jewelry for the home. I love that description, because indeed my made to order pieces are luxury items.  Certainly one doesn’t NEED them, but they […]


I am feeling extremely grateful to the team of amazing talented women who surround me on a daily basis.  These women make Modern Metal what it is; they are the foundation and the soul at the heart of my business.   From operations and project management, to production,  PR and sales, I rely on these […]

Brass is Brass

I often find myself in presentations dismissing brass right away because I KNOW how expensive it is and for some reason want to shield my clients from sticker shock. This last week while I was in NYC, I caught myself and even admitted to the customer that I tend to push our knockoff “badass brass” […]

Adventures at MetalCon

By Jessica Willits, Project Manager: I’m not a stranger to conferences and trade shows, but it has been a few years since I had setfoot on an exhibit hall floor. I definitely felt out of practice, but that wasn’t stopping me frommaking the most of my MetalCon experience! This year’s event took place in my […]

Originality Deconstructed: Upcoming Exhibit in NYC

What could be better than having the opportunity to break down my design process, and to share the “how” and “why” behind my authentic designs to fellow creatives and the public at large?  Not much! To celebrate Be Original America’s ten year anniversary, they invited members to play an active part in this milestone.  Members […]

Beauty in the Bloopers

I want to share these images with you of some recent samples I received.  I am enamored with this color, Candy Apple Green!  I was reminded with this batch of the risks that come with picking a luxurious transparent specialty powder coating. Most powder coats we use are very basic-simply a flat powder or a […]

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 […]