Rob Zinn was born in 1971 in Evanston, Illinois, and studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York, where he graduated in 1996. Later, he returned to his old university to teach 3D design, in addition to tenure at the Design Institute of the University of California, Davis. For many years the innovative designer worked as a consultant for various product and furniture design studios as well as galleries. It was always Zinn's goal to bring together regional craftsmen with internationally recognised designers. This finally led to the founding of blankblank in California in 2004: a curator, gallery, and producer that offers a very wide programme. One of Rob Zinn's more outstanding new designs is the colourful wall light Concentric for the Catalan lighting manufacturer Marset.