Behind the Scenes

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kaiyo Pattern Tells a Story

Kaiyo Rooftop was a particularly meaningful project because we had been planning this project pre-covid , when suddenly the pandemic halted and cancelled it all. I was so disappointed at the time, as it was such an exciting local project. It simply stopped as so many other restaurant and design endeavors did that March a […]

Behind the Scenes of a Radiator Cover

This week in our holiday mailing we shared a recent project we did with Jonathan Rachman Design. I want to share a bit of the technical details with you, how we actually made these radiator covers.   Design, plans, assembly, install.   The design part is the easy part for me. I started as I […]

My Own Clippings Library

Today’s pattern inspiration happens to be seasonal!  Every time I walk outside I am blown away by the natural colors of the fallen leaves and the contrast of the golds, reds and dark browns against our still spring-like vibrant green grass. This is a what fall looks like in California! I am constantly gathering visuals and snapping […]