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 […]

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 […]

Out and About

This week, I have been out and about again making deliveries, meeting new customers and discovering new fabrication partners.  It feels SO good just to have to get dressed and out of the studio interacting in person with people again!  I’ve missed that, and feel like I’m just emerging from my zoom covid life.   […]

Pumpkin Muffins 

It’s that time of year again!  Pumpkin muffins are a favorite in our house, and this is a no fail recipe which my family has loved for years.  With a teenage son in the house (and a dog ready for any accidental falling muffin or crumb) they are gone almost as soon as I take […]

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 […]

Louis, we launched!

Today we are launching our new website and I’m dedicating this milestone to my dear friend Louis (pink hair above) who passed away in February.  Louis and I would meet sporadically over the years (always with food and drink) and I would pick his brain about Modern Metal to get his insight on marketing strategy, […]

Taste the Modern Metal Kool-Aid

Just this last month I’ve had two customers (also close friends) who decided to swap out their old floor vent covers with ours throughout their homes.  They both had similar comments as soon as they replaced them.  “Wow Annie, I can’t believe what a difference this makes! Seriously”.   YES,  I think to myself.  This […]

I Got To Help My Son With His Homework!

What a thrill it was for me to whip out my color study portfolio from RISD to help my son with his homework!  I mentioned Josef and Anni Albers and even got an eyebrow raise….how did you know that?  It’s a rarity these days to gain this sort of acknowledged respect from my teen son, […]

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 […]