Husband and wife Robert and Brenda Zurn founded DAMM design studio in 2013 in St Petersburg, Florida. Robert Zurn was born in 1975 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and is a self-taught designer. Brenda Zurn (née Shadday) was born in 1974 in St Petersburg and studied commercial art for three years at the American College for the Applied Arts in Atlanta. The pair met in Atlanta while she was studying there in the mid-1990s, and today they have five children.
The duo established Zurn Design in 2011 in St Petersburg, through which they created custom-built furniture and lighting. Two years later, they re-launched as DAMM, a family-run design studio focusing exclusively on sculptural lighting.