Techs & Specs

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 […]

Paint to Match…or Not

All of the pieces in our ready to ship line, with the exception of the black floor grilles, come in our standard white powder coat, which we’ve named Whiteout. This is an intentional choice I made because I love leaving the option open for you to paint the wall or ceiling vents on site to […]

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” […]

Can you come out to measure for me?

Here’s the deal…. We don’t come on site to measure for you but we can give you and your contractor guidelines.  Measuring is important for sure and it’s ideal if you can have your contractor or architect help you out.  I call my handyman to measure and install for grilles in my own house because […]

stainless steel air vent cover

Taking the Stain out of Stainless

I recently completed an order that I am proud to share with you because the outcome was better than I could have ever wanted.  This was a repeat customer who submitted an order for six new bathroom fan covers in stainless steel.  We immediately hopped into gear, got drawings, and completed the order in less […]

bend metal designer panel

Yes, We Can Bend It!

These radiator covers shown above are made of solid brass in our Simple Bend pattern.  They are elegantly bent so they just fold over the radiator and are inset into the cabinetry.  This was the vision of interior Jeffrey Thrasher and they were installed in a luxe apartment in Madrid.   Most of our work […]

green metal designer grills

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 […]

Innovation and Craft in Cairo

Innovation and Craft in Cairo

Last week, while on vacation with my family in Egypt, I had the delightful opportunity to meet our CAD engineer, Youssef Bahaa in person!  Youssef graduated from the University of Cairo with a BS in Civil Engineering. His major was Structural Engineering with a focus on steel.  His qualifications struck me when I was searching […]

Egyptian history

Color in QV66

I am melting here in Luxor, Egypt! Today was a constant 104 degrees, even in the morning, but I am so overwhelmed by the beauty of what I’m seeing that it’s actually OK!  Today our Egyptologist guide took us to the Valley of the Kings early in the morning to explore tombs made in the mountain […]

metal door measurements

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 […]