Don’t just take our word for it, natural design is good for you.

“He can realize three-dimensional form through his fingertips,” says Inside East Sacramento about blankblank’s Founder & Creative Director, Rob Zinn. (more…)

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Visit our pop-up shop in the heart of the California Delta this September and October featuring work by Mike and Maaike, Tim Richartz, Mark Goetz and Rob Zinn. (more…)

blankblank has joined 1% for the Planet in their efforts to help to save land, protect forests, rivers and oceans, make agricultural and energy production more sustainable, getting toxics out of the environment, plastics out of the oceans and more. (more…)

Elle Décoration features Rob Zinn’s Viscosity Minor sconce for blankblank in issue #233, Fevrier-Mars 2015, as a jewel-like sconce that is as beautiful during the day as it is at night.



Appliques Bijoux – “Formes libres et finitions précieuses modèlent la lumière en douceur.  Notre sélection de lampes sculptures aussi belles de jour que de nuit.”

(Please note that Viscosity is pictured upside down in their photoshoot.)

houzz recognizes blankblank as 2015 “Best of Service.”

We strive to offer world-class customer service.  Check out our houzz profile to read our reviews and check our great products and see why we were named as houzz’s Best of Service for 2015!

San Francsico’s The NWBLK features the work of blankblank designers in NWBLD, opening October 2nd, 2014. (more…)

blankblank’s most versatile and elegant dining collection, Cast/Mill combines the artistry of designer Rob Zinn’s hand-sculpted cast bronze legs with a carefully pieced solid wood tabletop of any size, milled with a choice of decorative edge profiles.  Made in heirloom quality and with view to sustainability, the Cast/Mill table collection is designed to last a lifetime.

American Made Finalist BadgeMS American Made Logo

blankblank selected as finalists in 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards.

blankblank is recognized for “their dedication to creative entrepreneurship and to building successful businesses (more…)

blankblank invited to participate in Paris Designer’s Days May 19-25, 2014



To join us at the invitation-only opening evening cocktail reception May 19th from 7-9pm at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture in Paris, please email [email protected] or use our contact form and we’ll reply with a copy of the invitation and add you to the guest list.

Paris, France – For the first time, California-based design firm blankblank will participate in Paris’ Designer’s Days festival, also called D’Days.  The exhibit, “American Design” at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture,  is supported by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of The United States of America and showcases the work of modern American furniture designers.  blankblank joins both young independent designers such as Bec Brittain, Anna Karlin, Fort Standard and Matt Gagnon and more established companies like Emeco, Juniper, Neal Feay, Council and Roll & Hill.  “We are honored to be invited to participate and represent current American design,” says blankblank founder and designer Rob Zinn.

A modern design exhibit makes its debut at the Kondos Gallery – The City

“Home is where the art is in “Design,” the first-ever exhibit at Sacramento City College’s Kondos Gallery to focus on interior and furniture design.

Debuting this Thursday and running through Feb. 27, the exhibit features the work of four Sacramento-area designers: Rob Zinn of the influential art and design company Blankblank; Matthew Lechowick, an adjunct design professor at Sacramento State and Consumnes River College; Brian Schmitt, the founder of Schmitt Design, a company best known for its artistic fabricated metal creations; and designer Curtis Popp of CPopp Workshop and Popp Littrell Architecture & Interiors.

“[It’s] a very lively contemporary show, and each designer really compliments the other because they are all so different,” says artist and Sacramento City College professor Suzanne Adan, who runs the gallery with her husband, fellow art professor Michael Stevens.

The exhibit will fill the 600-square-foot space with nearly 30 pieces of modern furniture and housewares, ranging from Schmitt’s pendant light fixtures, mobiles and wall clocks to Lechowick’s modular shelving to a variety of sleek metal and wood tables crafted by Popp and Zinn. “All of the work really fits well together,” Adan says. “It’s very cool!”

The opening reception takes place this Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. (parking passes are required and are available at the event) and the show runs through Feb. 27. The Kondos Gallery is located on the Sacramento City College campus at 3835 Freeport Blvd. For more information, visit or call 558-2559.


Design Exhibition at UC Davis Design Museum – Need and Desire: The work of blankblank,
a retrospective with new works curated by Rob Zinn, founder of blankblank, runs January 23 – March 16, 2012.

Modern Christmas with blankblank and Valentine Gallery. (more…)

The magazine of Pratt Institute, Prattfolio, features Rob Zinn‘s Flora as New and Noteworthy in their Spring/Summer 2011 issue.

Blankblank featured as one of five “Cool Companies Taking Over the World” in Sactown Magazine

JUXTAPOSED: Power, the second in the Juxtaposed series, is NOW AVAILABLE.

Designer-signed #1, #2, and #3 of Juxtaposed: Religion sold to enthusiastic bidders in blankblank’s inaugural auction event.

5,084,000,000 people, 5,360 pages, 3,700 years, 243 countries, 7 books, and 1 shelf.

Juxtaposed: Religion, the first in the Juxtaposed series of curated bookshelves by Mike and Maaike for blankblank,  is now sold out of its limited edition run of 50.

San Francisco Magazine features blankblank in their Art Issue.

Miyoko Ohtake of Dwell Magazine interviews Jon Dennis and Rob Zinn of blankblank for the March 2009 Issue:

“In 2004, Jon Dennis and Rob Zinn co-founded blankblank, a modern design and manufacturing company in Sacramento, California. Their professional careers had intersected a few years earlier when Dennis, then working on opening new stores for Fleet Feet Sports, hired Zinn, a freelance designer and industrial design instructor at the Pratt Institute in New York, to design fixtures for the interiors. blankblank’s high-quality, high-design products and furniture are manufactured (except one piece) all within 15 miles of midtown Sacramento and built with the goal of eventually being passed down as family heirlooms. We spoke with Dennis and Ziinn about setting up shop in California’s capital city.

What inspired you to found blankblank?
JD: I saw artwork of Rob’s that could be turned into a product. We started to talk about how conventionally designers create something for a manufacturer and the manufacturer produces the goods and then turned to asking what if the designer was the manufacturer and the designer produced and marketed the products.

Why did you name the company blankblank?
RZ: The name has multiple meanings. One is that it acts as a placeholder for the name of the designers we work with, but it’s also a play on “blank canvas” and “blank slate” and the idea of having room for creativity.

How have you seen that creative freedom realized in the designs you manufacture?
JD: Mark Goetz approached us; we had a friendship with him and Rob once worked for him. He was interested in showing his artistic side more fully and saw us as an opportunity to do that. He is fairly prolific in contract furniture but we gave him the freedom to express himself. What’s great is the pieces, like the Stir stool, are very artistic but also very contract-like because of his background; they have the potential to be some of our best-selling items.

How do you go about choosing whom to work with?
JD: We don’t go out and look for designers; the designers have been approaching us thus far. It’s a collaborative decision-making process between Rob and I. Rob looks at their body of work from an editing perspective to make sure he sees the talent and how it will fit our design collection, and I look at the work from a marketability perspective to see if it’s a unique idea we can fabricate and that will appeal to the audience.

Why did you set up the company in Sacramento?
RZ: I always wanted to end up in Northern California and one big thing with starting a business is the start-up costs. In Sacramento it’s relatively cheaper than starting in a larger metropolis.
JD: And as the company’s evolved and we launched the interiors line we’ve found that locally there’s not a lot of interior design studios in the area doing what we’re doing so it’s a good opportunity for growth.

All except one of your products is made within 15 miles of midtown Sacramento (the other is made just south of San Francisco). How is that possible?
RZ: We found some really great, capable people here in Sacramento but there are probably places like our city all over the country that have good fabricators and manufacturers.
JD: The key is that over time we’ve built a relationship with the local people here and now there is an understanding that quality is essential in our products and we have super-high expectations.

What is the importance of branding the company as “American Made Modern”?
RZ: It speaks to the point of Sacramento not being necessarily a hotbed for manufacturing but the idea of taking what’s nearest and available, working with that, and bringing out the best of it. There’s something very powerful about doing it yourself and supporting your community.”


designboom features the Concentric sconce from the Heliocentric line of reflected light sconces by Rob Zinn for blankblank.

Rob Zinn’s Sutter Sideboard gets a mention in the Cincinatti Enquirer’s Home and Garden section:

Wood as art

“Rob Zinn, the designer of this sideboard, says of his Sutter Collection: “The structure is always the frame and the wood is always the art.”

The sideboard has a seemingly unbroken expanse of heavily figured walnut wood that spreads across three doors on the face of the cabinet. The contrast with the sideboard’s white powder-coated steel top and sides makes it all the more stunning. …

The 54-inch-wide, 30-inch-high cabinet is 18 inches deep and can be customized.”

Juxtaposed: Religion called a “Must-Have For Every Hotel Room.”


Juxtaposed: Religion featured in Generate’s Limited Editions by Design’s Rising Stars, Tokyo Design Week. October 30 – November 3, 2008

Juxtaposed: Religion featured in Swell Future Friendly Design exhibit: “30 Days of Sustainability” HSBC building, Vancouver, BC. April 21 – May 10 2008

blankblank exhibits “The Working Prototype” at Design Within Reach, San Francisco

Sacramento Magazine features an article about blankblank designer Curtis Popp’s Fabulous Forties kitchen design for Susan Bitar.

Paris Match Magazine features Mike and Maaike’s JUXTAPOSED:Religion in the article ‘Le Design C’est Sacré’


<<Les exemples de collaboration entre les institutions religieuses et les designers sont toujours spectaculaires. Des réalisations récentes relancent l’intérêt pour ces associations originales qui déplacent le champ de la création utilitaire vers des aspirations plus spirituelles. Elles sont trop rares. Dommage, car c’est beau, ma foi…

Saint-Bartholomée, à l’est de la Bohême. La petite église du village de Chodovice était en ruine depuis le régime communiste. Changement politique. L’année passée, la population se cotise pour la restaurer. Juste assez d’argent pour acheter quelques sièges, beaucoup de bonne volonté, et les conditions sont réunies pour que Jakub et Maxim, le duo du studio Qubus, mettent la main à la pâte. Une fois la structure restaurée, ils s’attaquent à l’intérieur. Shoking ! les fidèles s’assoient sur des chaises Verner Panton, leur dossier percé d’une croix, et le prêtre sur le célèbre fauteuil Eiffel des Eames. En contrepoint à ces icônes du design moderne, de vieux tapis persans, des chandeliers de cristal de Bohême miraculeusement rescapés, et voilà notre église muée en la plus belle salle communale existante la semaine, et en un lieu de culte unique le week-end. L’église attire les foules et gorge de fierté les habitants. « Après tout, un designer n’est-il pas là pour améliorer la vie des gens ? » nous confient les deux jeunes Tchèques qui se sont fait connaître par leurs collections d’objets de déco déjantés, comme une horloge Louis XV numérique en porcelaine blanche. Néanmoins, ils restent très discrets sur Bartholomée…
Bizarrement, tout comme Qubus, aucun designer ayant participé à l’aménagement d’un lieu sacré ne communique sur ce travail. Humilité face à la foi, frontière entre le marketing et le spirituel ? Le fait est que, depuis quelques années, beaucoup de stars en décoration ont planché sur des lieux et objets religieux sans en faire étalage. Plus étonnant : si le tarif de leur prestation s’évalue évidemment à la hauteur de leur notoriété, ils officient souvent bien en deçà, et même parfois bénévolement lorsqu’il s’agit d’objets sacrés. Qu’ils soient adeptes de la religion en question… ou pas. Ainsi Matali Crasset et la chapelle de la maison de Marie à Lourdes, du bureau d’Andrée Putman pour la primatiale Saint-Jean de Lyon, ou du célébré John Pawson, architecte et designer minimaliste, qui a construit la nouvelle abbaye cistercienne Novy Dvur en Tchéquie et créé des bancs pour l’abbaye varoise du Thoronet… Sans en avoir pris aucune photo. Pudeur et discrétion.
« Quel beau sujet que les objets du culte ! Ils portent en eux une dimension spirituelle évidente en plus de leur fonction. J’aime quand notre société, dite de consommation, veut communiquer sur d’autres niveaux que le mercantile. » C’est le début de réponse apporté par Sylvain Dubuisson, qui en plus de l’orfèvrerie liturgique pour le Pape aux J.m.j. 2000, a conçu la chapelle funéraire du cimetière Montparnasse où sont enterrés les prêtres de Paris, mais aussi une mesusa juive aujourd’hui au musée d’Israël. Pour Mattia Bonetti, qui vient d’aménager le chœur de la cathédrale de Metz avec son mobilier de bronze, « c’est motivant de recevoir, au lieu d’un brief marketing, le mandat de dessiner un meuble pérenne pour élever les esprits ». Et pourquoi pas les ouvrir… C’est le but évident de l’étagère Religion, dessinée par Mike et Maaike, designers à Sacramento. Elle supporte les livres sacrés de toutes les religions du monde. Design on ne peut plus symbolique.>>

Featured in “Organizing Bookshelves Part Deux: JUXTAPOSED: Religion from blankblank

“I just spotted blankblank’s JUXTAPOSED: Religion in April’s issue of Dwell and thought it would be perfect for the Organizing Bookshelves series. At $2500, it’s not in the budget for the most of us, but the idea is too clever not to share with you.

Blankblank is “a facilitator that seeks partnerships with artists and designers of diverse mediums and assists them in the development, production, and marketing of their creativity by creating business models, development strategies, manufacturing alliances, and marketing solutions that are as unique and creative as the individuals for whom they are developed.” Pretty cool! For this project…
…the shelf is made of reclaimed hardwood and was custom designed by Mike and Maaike to fit a collection of seven religion tomes curated by John Simonian.”

Written by Becky, Editorial Director

Queensland Homes magazine features Mike and Maaike in their Autumn 2007 issue.

Dwell features William Earle in the February 2007 issue.

UL Approved. All ZINN Heliocentric Wall Lights are now listed for residential and commercial use.

Ahora, from the ZINN Heliocentric Lighting Line has been included in the top BOMO (Bohemian Modern) picks in Elle’s November issue.

blankblank’s Rob Zinn is featured on the first episode of “My Dinner with Audrey” as the designer of the 2005 Forkie Award for Fork It Magazine.

blankblank will be attending this year’s International Contempory Furniture Fair in New York City, May 14th – 17th. Please visit us at booth 1426/1428.

California Home and Design‘s March 2005 issue features the Heliocentric Table and Floor Lights as what’s “Hot and Happening in California Design.”

Surface Magazine interviews blankblank designer William Earle in their ‘Industrial Strength’ column.

blankblank is pleased to announce the launch of their second brand, William Earle. Earle, a renowned minimalist designer creates original designs by hand.

Heliocentric lighting by Rob Zinn gets a mention in Furniture Style.

Architectural Record features the Heliocentric Lighting line by Rob Zinn in their Lighting Products section.

Designer creates art out of home lighting – “Rob Zinn plays with light like a kid plays…” Via the Sacramento Bee.

blankblank will make their official Sacramento launch on Wednesday, June 23. They will be showing twelve lights, four of which will be available to order for the first time. The show will run from 5pm to 9pm with a sneak preview beginning June 12 as part of the 2nd Saturday artwalk.

blankblank “has created a collection of wall lights and task lighting with shapes reminiscent of topographic maps. Four models are currently on the way…” Via

First press for blankblank, The New York Times writes this interesting article about the ICFF 2004 show. blankblank is mentioned amongst 4 companies noted for their new and interesting work. An image also appears in the Home and Garden section.