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, the 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, Richard Brayton 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 said· 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. 

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Charles Pfister

Sources

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

International Interior Design Association of Northern California. (2018, June 30). A glance back to the office of Charles Pfister. A Glance Back to the Office of Charles Pfister. Retrieved February 1, 2022, from https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/a-glance-back-to-the-office-of-charles-pfister-267536031.html

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

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    He started designing furniture in 1961. In 1964, he set up a workshop in Farnsborough Barn, Banbury, moving in 1976 to Parnham House in Dorset. He established the Parnham Trust and School for Craftsmen in Wood in 1977.Read More →

  • Franz Schuster (1892 – 1976) Austrian Furniture Manufacturer

    Franz Schuster (1892 – 1976) Austrian Furniture Manufacturer

    He was active in Vienna from the 1910s. As part of a municipal program to construct workers’ homes after World War I, he designed a small row in the Viennese suburb Laaer Berg. At this time, he also produced his modular stacking furniture.Read More →

  • Herbert Hirche (1910 – 2002) German Industrial Designer

    Herbert Hirche (1910 – 2002) German Industrial Designer

    Hirche’s work was also shown at national and international fairs and exhibitions. These include the Milan Triennale in 1957 and Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. IRead More →

  • Paul McCobb (1917 – 1969) American furniture designer

    Paul McCobb (1917 – 1969) American furniture designer

    One of the leading designers of the American design movement from the mid-20th centuryRead More →

  • Hilton McConnico (1943 – 2018) American interior and furniture designer

    Hilton McConnico (1943 – 2018) American interior and furniture designer

    Hilton McConnico ( 1943 – 2018) was American furniture and interior designer. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He worked professionally in Paris.Read More →

  • René-André Coulon (1908 – 1997) furniture with tempered glass

    René-André Coulon (1908 – 1997)  furniture with tempered glass

    René-André Coulon was a furniture designer from France. He did architectural studies until 1937. In his work, Coulon integrated tempered glass, some of which Hagnauer, Vienna, made. He designed the interior furniture of Adnet for Saint-Gobain.Read More →

  • Ray and Charles Eames a partnership

    Ray and Charles Eames a partnership

    They were full collaborators as husband and wife. Design is infrequently a solitary endeavour, and husband-and-wife teams are not uncommon. The collaborative nature of the Eames work, on the other hand, was easily obscured by Charles’s widespread public recognition as an individual designer and thinker.Read More →

  • Daniel Mack ( b.1947) American furniture designer

    Daniel Mack ( b.1947) American furniture designer

    Daniel Mack creates fine custom furniture, architectural detail, and decoration from wood as close to its natural form and texture as possible, frequently incorporating glass, metal, or stone.Read More →

  • Andreas Hansen (b.1936) Danish Furniture Designer

    Andreas Hansen (b.1936) Danish Furniture Designer

    He studied at the Kunsthåndvaerkerskolen, Copenhagen, to 1962 and Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademiets Møbelskole, Copenhagen to 1963.Read More →

  • Jörgen Kastholm (b.1931) Danish Architect and Furniture Designer

    Jörgen Kastholm (b.1931) Danish Architect and Furniture Designer

    Kastholm was apprenticed as a boy to a blacksmith and worked at that trade for five years in the United States before returning to Copenhagen to study design. Between 1954 – 1958 he studied at the Bygingsteknisk Skole, Frederick, under Arne Jacobsen. In 1959 the Grafisk Høskole. After graduation, he practised architecture and furniture design in Beirut.Read More →

  • Gordon Russell (1892 – 1980) British furniture maker and designer

    Gordon Russell (1892 – 1980) British furniture maker and designer

    He began working at his father’s modest antiques restoration workshop in 1908, where he learned various crafts and oversaw repairs. In 1910, he began designing furniture. After World War I, he manufactured furniture in the style of Ernest Gimson. Read More →

  • Oscar Tusquets Blanca – Spanish painter, architect and designer

    Oscar Tusquets Blanca – Spanish painter, architect and designer

    Oscar Tusquets Blanca is a Spanish painter, architect and designer. He was born and is professionally active in Barcelona, Spain.Read More →

  • Margareta Aberg (b.1929) Swedish Designer

    Margareta Aberg (b.1929) Swedish Designer

    In 1956, she opened her own architecture studio with her husband Rolf Aberg; designed the Salabim cupboard of 1986 produced by Swedfun (Sweden). She specialized in interior architecture and designed hospitals, hotels, and schools including the Bracke Osterjard Hospital, Gothenburg, for handicapped children.Read More →

  • Mart Stam (1899 – 1986) Dutch architect and designer

    Mart Stam (1899 – 1986) Dutch architect and designer

    His design approach has been categorised as New Objectivity, a counter-movement and outgrowth of Expressionism that emerged during the Great Depression in Germany in the 1920s.Read More →

  • Danielle Quarante ( b.1938 ) French Furniture Designer

    Danielle Quarante ( b.1938 ) French Furniture Designer

    She began her professional career as a graphic designer, specialising in exhibition design. In 1966 she worked on product design (children’s furniture, hi-fi systems).Read More →

  • Emeco American Designer Furniture

    Emeco American Designer Furniture

    Wilton C. Dinges founded the Electric Machine and Equipment Company (Emeco) in 1944 with $300 in savings and a used lathe for machine work. He started bidding on government manufacturing contracts out of a loft in Baltimore, Maryland, beginning with experimental antennas and jet engine parts. Read More →

  • Tecno Italian Furniture manufacturer

    Tecno Italian Furniture manufacturer

    Tecno an innovative Italian furniture manufacturer was founded By Osvaldo Borsani and Fulgenzio Borsani. The operation had evolved from Atelier Varedo, the workshop of the father in Varedo, and the subsequent small firm Arredamento Borsani. Among other models, it produced Osvaldo Borsani. Among other models, it produced Osvaldo’ Borsani’s successful 1953 p40 chair and 1953 D70.Read More →

  • Preben Fabricis (1931 – 1984) Danish furniture and interior designer

    Preben Fabricis (1931 – 1984) Danish furniture and interior designer

    In 1952, he worked as a cabinetmaker for Finn Juhl, designing chairs for the United Nations headquarters in New York. He was a collaborator with Jørgen Kasthol from 1962 to 1970. He taught furniture design at Skolen for Boligindretning since 1967. In 1968, he opened his own officRead More →

  • Johnson Chou Canadian Designer and Architect

    Johnson Chou Canadian Designer and Architect

    It was through the Gallery that Chou’s emerging practise of design developed. For its minimalist style and transformational architectural ideas, his design for the spare, but the multi-functional gallery was recognised. The first projects by Chou were the homes and offices of Archive art patrons.Read More →

  • André Monpoix (1925 – 1976) French Furniture Designer

    André Monpoix (1925 – 1976) French Furniture Designer

    While working for Maxime Old, René Gabriel, and Jacques Dumond, they often collaborated with Alain Richard at Richard et Monpoix, designing furniture produced by Meubles TV.Read More →

  • Arthur J. Pulos (1917- 1993) American industrial designer and educator

    Arthur J. Pulos (1917- 1993) American industrial designer and educator

    Arthur Pulos (1917 – 1993) was a well-known design teacher, promoter, and industrial designer. Arthur Pulos was renowned for his writings, lectures in developed and developing nations, and involvement with important organizations like the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID).Read More →

  • Andrea Branzi (b.1938) Italian furniture designer

    Andrea Branzi (b.1938) Italian furniture designer

    His theoretical furniture is well-known. He formed Archizoom Associati, an avant-garde group in Florence, in 1966 (with Paolo Deganello and others) that brought the irony of 1960s Anti-Design to furniture design.Read More →

  • Ro Chair designed by Jamie Hayon

    Ro Chair designed by Jamie Hayon

    The pressure-cast aluminium legs and the transition to the shell followed the same process to create an elegant and natural unit that ensures that from all angles, Ro is beautiful and elegant. To make the chair more colourful and tactile, a mixture of different textiles were also used in addition to the shell’s form – one for the shell and one for the cushions.Read More →

  • Bloemenwerf Side Chair (1895) designed by Henry de Velde

    Bloemenwerf Side Chair (1895) designed by Henry de Velde

    Bloemenwerf, Henry Van de Velde’s property outside Brussels, is the inspiration for this chair. Van de Velde planned and built the house and the interior—from the furniture to the wallpaper—resulting in a holistic design that exemplified the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk “total work of art”. Read More →

  • Dakota Jackson (b.1950) American furniture designer

    Dakota Jackson (b.1950) American furniture designer

    Dakota Jackson is an American furniture designer best known for his Dakota Jackson furniture line. He was a magician’s son, and by the time he was six, he became a professional magician. He performed in public until his early 20s.Read More →

  • Thomas Molesworth (1890 – 1977) an American furniture designer

    Thomas Molesworth (1890 – 1977) an American furniture designer

    Molesworth ranch style furniture has inspired contemporary Western furniture designers such as Jim Covert, Jeff Morris and Marc Tagesger with its large brass pads, Native American motifs and wildfire imagery.Read More →

  • Perttu Mentula (b.1936) Finnish architect & Interior Designers

    Perttu Mentula (b.1936) Finnish architect & Interior Designers

    Perttu Mentula (b.1936) was a Finnish architect and interior, exhibition, product, graphic, and furniture designer.Read More →

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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