Brett Teper and Rich Williams formed Modko in 2007 out of their growing passion for solving everyday problems and improving the things they use daily. After an exhaustive search for a litter box to complement the design of his Brooklyn apartment, Rich came up empty handed. In defeat, he complained endlessly to his wife until she said, "You're a designer, why don't you just design one!" Rich couldn't sleep that night and the next day he presented the idea to Brett, his then-partner in a graphic design business, and Brett thought that the idea was brilliant and jumped at the opportunity to get started. Two years later, Rich and Brett introduced the Modkat Litter Box at the 2009 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), where it earned The Editor's Choice Award for Best Accessory, and soon after was bestowed the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. Modko was born.