Modgy Blog

NEW FOR FALL 2016 - MODGY SILICONE TRIVETS

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Michael Epstein

Modgy is excited to introduce our new line of stylish Silicone Trivets.   Modgy Silicone Trivets are non-slip and look fabulous while protecting your table or counter top.   The patent pending Grooved Bottom allows heat to escape rather than be absorbed directly into your counter or table top.    Modgy trivets are made of 100% Food Grade Silicone and are heat resistant up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.    This Trivet/Hot-Pad also works great as a Spatula/Spoon Rest, Large Coaster for Cold Pitchers, etc.  

We introduced them to the business community at the Las Vegas Market show earlier this month and they received a great reception.    Check out the photos of our display:

 

 

And here are each of the individual patterns:

 

And our beautiful Modgy packaging that matches the rest of our product line:

Our new Modgy Silicon Trivets will be available for shipment this Fall.   We can’t wait and hopefully you can’t either!

 

Pantone chooses Modgy for its 2015 International Housewares Show display!

Posted on March 24, 2015 by Michael Epstein

Modgy exhibited for the first time at the International Housewares Show in Chicago earlier this month.   Shortly before the show we received a surprise e-mail from Pantone saying they had selected us to participate in their 2016 Color Watch Display at no cost to us if we were interested.     We’ll duh, of course we were interested.    It felt really good to have the leading purveyor of Color Style choose us for their display.  It helped validate that we had made some really great color decisions.    In addition to featuring three of our new frosted vases and one of our wine glass shades, they provided us with an attractive eye catching sign for our booth stating that “our product is featured in the Pantone Colorwatch display”.’  It was even more gratifying when buyers would stop by and tell us how great our product looked on the Pantone Display.

All in all we had a great first Housewares Show and great experience with Pantone.  Thanks Pantone!

 

Posted in iha, international housewares show, modgy, pantone

New Packaging!

Posted on March 03, 2015 by Michael Epstein

We've been learning as we go and slowly refining our brand.  After lots of discussions with current customers, potential customers, focus groups and a team of International MBA students we have been working with, we decided to make a bold move and completely make over our packaging or our Modgy Gift and Home Products.  The final result is in, and we couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.  Our new toned down, turned up, Modern Edgy packaging is proving to be a hit with new and current customers alike.   Check it out and let us know what you think!

             

Valentines is on it's way!

Posted on February 09, 2015 by Michael Epstein

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I’ve been excitedly awaiting the chance to turn down the lights, sprinkle the rose petals, and set that romantic mood at bath and bedside with VenusDeModgy Vase and Luminaries.   I already have my order into Costco for two dozen roses, a case of Cabernet. What will your perfect Valentine’s Day consist of? Keep it clean we aren’t looking for the next chapter of 50 Shades of Grey.

Posted in hearts, Holidays, myvaz, valentines day

myvaz Artist Series

Posted on April 06, 2014 by Michael Epstein

The appearance of our products is something we take great care in. We believe our myvaz, LUMIZU and H2FidO products should reflect our customer's individual style and, when possible, add art to the space they occupy. 

With this in mind we commissioned designs from four artists around the world for our myvaz vases. The collection is called the myvaz Artist Series and they're the ultimate vases for art enthusiasts. 

Artist Bios

Noir As Love myvaz, created by Kareel Susi.

Kareel was born in Estonia and currently resides in his home town called Tartu. He has been involved in art since the age of 7 when he first attended art school and has always taken art as natural part of his life. He has finished Tartu Art School and been studying traditional graphic arts at Finland. Thanks to the 16th LVMH Young Artists’ Award, he earned his chance to gain parts of his artistic education at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris France. He also is connected with Estonian street art movement since 1999 and has been working with his own style of graffiti writing and stencil art.

What inspires him: "I’m inspired by the fact that world is not a finished jet and we are the ones who can design our world to be a better place. And of course I like beauty – it may be a beautiful idea, game, girl, lie, picture etc. Also I’m always inspired by rain and meeting strange people on new situations."


Foliage myvaz, created by Parveen Qaiser

Parveen was born in India and currently resides in Hyderabad, India. Her father was a Graphic Designer who she was influenced by and had worked with since her school days. She graduated from Delhi University (College of Art and Craft) with a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts (Painting & Grafix). She works as a professional 3D/2D character Animator. She enjoys and is passionate about the Fine Arts Graduate B.F.A (Painting & Grafix) Drawing and concept creation. She has more than ten years of industry experience and has been a part of many design and development projects. She works to achieve a balance between beauty and simplicity. With this goal in her mind, she examines each component as a tesserae in a mosaic.

What inspires her: "Nature and animals inspire me a lot."

Other Modgy products designed by Parveen: Boom Bloom myvaz and Sun Setter H2FidO


Romance At Dusk
created by Elena Bacheva

Elena was born in Bulgaria and currently resides in Sofia, Bulgaria. Most important things in her life are her family and art. She graduated from Secondary school of Applied Arts, St. Luke, Sofia, in 2000 with Textiles-Performer Artist major then received a Bachelor’s degree from Sofia University St. Kl. Ohridski in 2008 with a degree in Pedagogy of Fine Arts. Recently, she graduated from New Burlgarian University with a Master degree of Design of Visual Communication. Her art education began with light and shadow drawing objects. When she was 11 years old, her teacher called her mother for a personal meeting, then she joined Susie Aronova’s art studio. Two years later, she was in prof. Marin Kotsev’s art studio working on the color and construction of the objects with watercolor.

What inspires her: "I am also strongly influenced by world famous artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Waldemar Swierzy, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Gil Elvgren and others."

Other Modgy products designed by Elena: Fall Upon Us myvaz and Fall Upon Us Lumizu »


Sun City, created by Deeann Gray

Deeann was born in the US and is currently resides in Texas, US. She has obtained her Bachelor’s degree and is currently finishing up her Master’s in Web Design and Development. She has always been into anything art related from music to scrapbooking. She decided to change her career to design while working in sales for a print house.

What inspires her: "I gain inspiration from everything. Usually involves music but everything can have beauty if you look at it in the right light. Here is my favorite quote: 'To be inspired is great, to inspire is AMAZING'."

Posted in myvaz, myvaz Artists Series

What I did on take your dog to work day

Posted on June 21, 2013 by Michael Epstein

So today is “Bring your Dog to Work Day” and I thought, what can I do to really embrace this glorious holiday? My answer came in the form of an e-mail my wife sent with a sweet face looking back at me. His name is Jax.  A very cute and a great new companion to our boy Lucky.   If we had gotten them at the same time we’d have to have named them Salt and Pepper.   Jax is the salt one by the way:

                        

Like Lucky, Jax is a rescue dog and also a poodle schnauzer mix.   Including his foster home, we are the fourth home he’s had in his five year life so he’s very cautiously starting to adjust but we think he will fit in great to our family.  With three kids, one dog already, a guinea pig, a fish and a frog, whats another dog?

 

One thing is for certain, Jax and Lucky will never be dehydrated or  without Collapsible/Expandable Dog Bowls (H2FidO plug here) or attention.

 

I have warned my wife that we are not getting a new dog for every bring your dog to work day so don’t expect a similar post this time next year.

 

Posted in H2FidO

Modgy: An American Company

Posted on February 27, 2013 by Katie Connely

We here at MODGY get asked the question, “Is your product made in the USA,” all the time. Well, no, our products are not manufactured in the USA, but does that alone mean that we’re not an American company?

We certainly don’t think so!

We ARE a proud American company! So we asked ourselves, “What makes us a proud American company, and how can we express that to our American stores and customers?”

Although our actual products are made overseas, that is honestly such a small part of what our company does, and we work to support the American worker in everything else we do. Virtually every other aspect of our company is grounded in not only the US, but also in our local economy.

Here is a list of what we have sourced out to local companies:

  • Website Design, Development and Support (Shaker Heights, OH)
  • Social Media Guru (Shaker Heights, OH)
  • Graphic Artist (Sugar Creek, OH)
  • Packaging Supplier (Wadsworth, OH)
  • Our Boxes (Willoughby, OH)
  • Our Lead Artist and Designer (Cleveland Heights, OH)
  • Videographer (Newark, OH)
  • Photographer (Newark, OH)
  • Catalogs, Print and Design, (Cleveland, OH)

As you can see, we work with several local businesses to help our local business and others to continue growing.

We also use a CEVEC, which is part of the Mayfield School system, to help us package our products. CEVEC provides vocational and work training to high school-aged students with disabilities from 16 districts in the eastern Cuyahoga County area. This is important to us because we want to help ensure that jobs will be available to individuals that, otherwise, could have a tough time finding employment.

In addition to the local companies and individuals that we support with our business, we also warehouse, ship and package product and handle all customer service right here in Cleveland, Ohio.

So, no… our products may not be made in the United States (YET), but if you ask us if we are a proud American company, we will tell you, “You can bet your red, white and blue blooded American ass we are!”

Posted in myvaz