Charles Pfister (1938 – 1990) was an American interior and furniture designer

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Charles Pfister (1939 to 1990) was an American interior and furniture designer and architect. He was professionally active in San Francisco. 

Education

He studied architecture and design at, University of California at Berkeley. 

Biography

Between 1965-81, Pfister was a designer of corporate interiors in the San Francisco branch of architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He became active in mass production design and was an associate partner and interior design department, director. He was known for interiors of elegant simplicity. In 1981, Pfister, James Leal, and Pamela Babey established Charles Pfister Associates in San Francisco. His extensive list of clients included Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and Citicorp.

He produced the interiors for;

  • the 21 Club restaurant, New York
  • Square One restaurant, San Francisco
  • Grand Hotel, Washington
  • Shell central headquarters, The Hague
  • United Overseas Bank, Singapore
  • a hotel 13th-century monastery in Milan. 
Lobby, Grand Hotel, Washington DC 1987 by Charles Pfister
Lobby, Grand Hotel, Washington DC 1987 by Charles Pfister. Interior Architecture

He designed rugs for V’Soske, seating for Metropolitan and Bernhardt, and lighting for Boyd and Casella. His office furniture and accessories for Knoll included the 1975 range of clear glass ashtrays and bowls produced by Vistosi in Murano.

His 40-piece 1990 Premier Collection of residential furniture made by Baker was saidĀ· by him to owe its design to various sources, including the work of Terence RobsJohn-Gibbings ( to whom the range was dedicated), 19th-century Russia, 18th-century Sweden and ‘steamship moderne.’

He also designed case goods, seating, and tables for Baker Execu Office. In 1988, Pfister’s firm was renamed The Pfister Partnership, with offices in San Francisco and London. 

  • Three Seat Sofa Wood, leather sofa designed by Charles Pfister
  • Club Chair & Ottoman in Pierre Frey Mohair Velvet, Late 20th century by Charles Pfister
  • Charles Pfister for Baker Furniture Art Deco Primavera Oval Commode or Bachelor Chest

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Charles Pfister

Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Kurtick, J., & Eakin, G. (1996). Interior architecture. Van Nostrand Reinhold.

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    The 8000 series chair, designed by Magnus Olsen and first introduced in 1981, is a design classic that, in many people’s opinion, played a crucial role in defining furniture design in the 1980s.Read More →

  • Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) French designer and architect

    Charlotte Perriand in the famous ā€œChaise longue basculante B 306,ā€ from 1929

    Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) was a designer and architect from France. Perriand’s designs are most commonly associated with furniture created in the 1920s in collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Still, her contribution to design was much more critical.Read More →

  • Grethe Meyer (1918 – 2008) Danish architect, & designer ofĀ furnitureĀ &Ā glassware

    Grethe Meyer ceramics featured image

    She worked on the editorial staff of The Building Manual from 1944 to 1955. She was a crucial figure in Borge Mogensen’s research on the standardisation of consumer product sizes, and she collaborated with him frequently. They created the Boligens Byggeskabe (BB) and resund cabinet-storage systems in 1957.Read More →

  • Alfons Bach (1904 – 1999) German Industrial Designer

    Alfons Bach Yellow Sofa

    In New York City, Bach planned the remodelling of Sach’s and the Seneca Textile Building. His work was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in early contemporary industrial art shows. In Stamford, Connecticut, he created his own home in 1938. He oversaw the construction of the Ridgeway Center, one of the country’s earliest shopping malls. In the 1930s, Bach designed tubular steel furniture for the Lloyd Manufacturing Company. Until 1947, they continued to produce his works. These tubular objects are seen to constitute a link between Bauhaus and contemporary design. In 1959, he relocated to Florida. In Delray Beach, he designed the Palm Trail Plaza and the Palm Trail Yacht Club. In 1969, he was the curator of the United States display at the International Industrial Design Exhibition. He created designs for GE, Keystone Silver, Pacific Mills, and Bigelow-Samford. He was the American Designers Institute’s president.Read More →

  • Minimalist Faceted Voxel Chair By Karim Rashid

    The Voxel Chair is the perfect piece of architectural design for any space. Based on the Vertex Chair, a former Vondom piece. It presents a unique structural shape, angular and faceted, which can only be produced by injection moulding. Due to its smartly designed shape, its weight is distributed in a balanced way. Its lightweight body makes it easy to move and arrange.Read More →

  • Collection of side tables – Michael Hilgers

    Manufactured by Casala, the three tables in the NIVO collection are all different sizes,

    Designer Michael Hilgers has created a collection of side tables and coffee tables that have a unique folded steel design.Read More →

  • 9 of the Best Couches and Most Iconic Sofas

    9 Iconic Sofas

    If you spend your time on the same parts of the internet that we do, chances are that over the last few years youā€™ve seen a lot of weird and wonderful sofas that are, well, kind of hard to forget. Wondering the name of that couch that looks like a pack of dinner rolls? Or the story behind that Jabba the Hut-shaped lounge thatā€™s fueling a whole world of furniture memes?Read More →

  • Eames Chair Review: We Tested the Lounge Chair and Ottoman

    Eames Chair replica

    First developed by lifelong couple and design partners Charles and Ray Eames in 1956, the lounge chair was the duoā€™s interpretation of a 19th-century club chairā€”designed to resemble a worn first basemanā€™s mitt and made of high-quality materials like supple leather, wood veneer, and cast aluminum.Read More →

  • Flemming Lassen (1902 – 1984) Modernist Danish Designer

    Flemming Lassen was born on February 23, 1902, in Copenhagen, to a family of artists. His mother, Ingeborg Winding, was a painter, and his father, Hans Vilhelm Lassen, was a decorative painter. Before completing his study at the Technical School, he worked as a mason. Read More →

  • Hannes Wettstein (1958 – 2008) Swiss Furniture Designer

    He started to work for Cassina in 1994 with his Juno bed, and some more recent projects were presented in 2003. Since 1991 he also taught; he was a lecturer at the ETH of Zurich and taught at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe.Read More →

  • Martin Szekely (b.1956) French furniture designer

    Martin Szekely featured image

    He started his career as a copper-plate engraver. In 1977ā€” 1978, he designed furniture, notably the Ar stool, and VIA sponsored many of his early works. His first major triumph was a 25-piece furniture collection for the Sauvagnat firm, which he displayed at the 1979 Salon du Meuble in Paris.Ā Read More →

  • Richard Schultz (1930 – 2021) American sculptor and furniture designer

    In 1951, he became a member of Knoll’s design development group. Initially, he collaborated on the wire Diamond sitting collection with Harry Bertoia. Schultz designed the Petal table in 1960, steel-wire lounge chairs in 1961, and outdoor Leisure Collection seating and tables in 1966 for Knoll. He designed a 1981 collection of outdoor furniture while pursuing his passion for the outdoors.Read More →

  • “Eames Office: 80 Years of Design” Exhibition

    The Eames office

    The event will follow in fashion with the first initial debut of the concept where one could find vintage products, reprints of Mr. and Mrs. Eames, special projects and collaborations. There will be four sections namely the ā€œEames Houseā€ which looks into the coupleā€™s own residence, ā€œArchitecture & Interiors,ā€ ā€œArt & Technologyā€ which introduces their sculptures and furniture works and ā€œPlay & Learnā€ for products that give a sense of playfulness and curiosity. Read More →

  • Moss Sofa by Pavel Vetrov

    Moss Sofa by Pavel Vetrov

    Artu is a furniture brand that was established in Russia in 2015. The general Artuā€™s concept is to create a modern and unique furniture for the HoReCa segment and offices.Read More →

  • Maurice Matet (b.1903) French Decorator and furniture designer

    Bedroom. Paris, circa 1927. Maurice Matet, designer

    eginning in 1923. He occasionally cooperated with Etienne Kohlmann and Dubard. He became a professor at the Ecole des Arts AppliquĆ©s in Paris in c1930. After WWII, he continued to design furniture, creating models in metal and glass and silver tableware, with radically Modern lines.Read More →

  • Gaston Eysselinck (1907 – 1953) Belgian architect and furniture designer

    Gaston Eysselinck

    Both his parents came from Ninove; father Eysselinck had ended up in Tienen as an employee at the railway company. Gaston Eysselinck was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, where he was taught by Geo Henderick, among others. Eysselinck was able to interpret foreign influences in a personal way in a short period. Read More →

  • James Evanson (b.1946) American furniture and lighting designer

    James Evanson stools

    James Evanson has been at the forefront of the “functional art” movement around the world. His work has travelled worldwide since his first exhibition in 1979 at the Art et Industrie Gallery in New York. For the Memphis Collection in Milan, new work was created just for the occasion. The “Lighthouse” lamps gained international acclaim and became an icon of the 1980s.Read More →

  • Wharton Esherick (1887 – 1970) American Sculptor and Furniture Designer

    Wharton Esherick featured image

    As a result, his sculptural furniture and furnishings are his most well-known works. For his leadership in designing non-traditional designs and supporting and inspiring artists/craftspeople by example, Esherick was dubbed the “dean of American artisans” by his peers during his lifetime. Esherick’s impact can still be apparent in contemporary artisans’ work, especially in the Studio Craft Movement.Read More →

  • Matthew Hilton (b.1957) British furniture & product designer

    Matthew Hilton furniture

    Hilton graduated from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979 after attending Portsmouth College of Art and then Kingston Polytechnic. He worked as an industrial designer and model maker till 1984 after graduating.Read More →

  • Bruno Mathsson (1907 – 1988) Swedish Designer & Architect

    Bruno Mathsson Swedish Designer & Architect

    Mathsson grew up in the town of VƤrnamo in Sweden’s Smland region, the son of a master cabinet maker. After a brief period of schooling, he began working in his father’s gallery.Read More →

Charles Burchfield his early watercolours – Encyclopedia of Design

Charles Burchfield his early watercolours Based on the Museum of Modern Art New York Exhibition April 11 to April 26, 1930 One question always kept coming back to haunt American artist, Charles Burchfield. “He had this constant question, ‘Am I doing something valid?’

Ray Eames an American Designer – Encyclopedia of Design

Ray Eames (b. Bernice Alexandra Kaiser 1912-88) was an American designer. She was born in Sacramento, California. She was the wife of Charles Eames. In creative partnership with her spouse Charles Eames and the Eames Office, she was responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the field of architecture, furniture design, industrial design, manufacturing and the photographic arts.

Knoll

After earning a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Charles Pfister worked on the staff of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s interior design department for 15 years. It was during this period that he created the Pfister Lounge Collection for Knoll, with production beginning in 1971.

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