February 15, 2009

Featured in San Francisco Chronicle

blankblank is featured in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Home & Garden section.

“It’s rare that designers can find a manufacturer that will give them lots of artistic freedom.

But that’s the idea behind Blankblank, a design partnership in Sacramento, which is slowly building a line of specific pieces that are distinct, locally made and modern.

Started in 2004 by Jon Dennis, who worked for Fleet Feet in Sacramento, and Rob Zinn, a designer and professor at the Pratt Institute in New York, it now offers lighting, tables, storage cabinets and seating from Zinn as well as from Mark Goetz, a contract designer, Pratt professor Tim Richartz and Mike & Maaike, a San Francisco couple who specialize in industrial design.

Zinn has designed some tables from huge slabs of reclaimed wood and recently added sculptural cast bronze legs as an option. He mixed powder-coated steel and walnut and oak in a series of sideboards, coffee and console tables (shown below; $2,800 to $3,200) that are custom-made. “We work with the clients to determine if they want heavily figured walnut or if they want more quartersawn oak, for a cleaner, quieter look,” Dennis said.”

By Laura Thomas for the San Francisco Chronicle