Pfeiffer Lab is a California design studio providing unique solutions to the design challenges of our day. Our capabilities reach far beyond product design, extending into strategic design and branding.
Our focus is on bringing elegant and well-designed consumer products to market, based on our long experience in product development, our deep knowledge of consumers, and our extensive network of manufacturers, buyers and retailers.
Ideas are good. Yet watching them succeed in the market is what matters most to us.
Pfeiffer Lab and the work of Eric Pfeiffer has appeared in hundreds of blogs, newspapers, magazines and books. Below are a few select placements.
Our reductive design approach relies on creating beauty. We use materials honestly and address the real needs of end users. It is this pure design ethos, coupled with a deep understanding of usability and manufacturing, plus a casual west coast sensibility that results in our timeless products.
We don’t talk much about sustainability because it is a loaded term. We believe you should take it for granted that well designed products are healthy for you, were made fairly and at the end of their useful lifecycle can be reused or recycled --that is, if you don’t want to keep it forever.
We’re working hard to bring products to market by working with materials and manufacturers here in the USA wherever possible.
Designer: Eric Pfeiffer for Council
Taking advantage of the unique properties of a new material called Perennial Wood we developed a line of outdoor furniture for Council, a premium furniture brand from San Francisco. The outdoor collection includes a stacking chair, lounges and a series of tables.The collection is minimal and restrained, almost utilitarian in its material use. Each piece boasts a simple curve in wood lightly resting on a powder coated rod base to create an expressive, inviting form. Perennial Wood is a beautiful, humble material providing unique aesthetics and performance characteristics not currently available for the outdoor market.
Design: Eric Pfeiffer 2000
A table to engage. A multi-functional hybrid that serves as a table impromptu seat-with a simple flip it becomes a laptop stand. The table is constructed in bent plywood which creates a sensuous form clear in its form and multifunction.
Design: Eric Pfeiffer 2011Inspired by designer Eric Pfeiffer's backyard skateboard ramp he had growing up, the Half Pipe desk brings a little play to your workspace. The cantilevered desk surface creates a soft form scaled perfectly for smaller spaces. The functional desk is packed with storage - the desk hutch offers a place for your desktop items and under the desk there is a small shelf that allows for a small printer or book storage.
A perfect ramp to launch your next project!
Design: Eric Pfeiffer, 2005The Scando Table is a heirloom quality table accommodating the needs of both the young and old. The low casual stature of the table creates an approachable table that serves as a perfect gathering place. It's rational form is an elegant and sensuous expression that provides a perfect solution for smaller living spaces. In addition, the useful storage pouch creates a convenient place to keep those magazines and books close at hand.
Design: Eric Pfeiffer 2006The Chalker Table creates a dynamic play space with a continuous chalkboard surface allowing for drawing on both the horizontal and vertical surfaces. The table entices kids to engage furniture in new ways. The companion Chip Chair draws its shape from a potato chip, with no flat surfaces to be found. The technically challenging chair has two handles making it easy for kids to move. The table and chairs stack for easy storage.
Design: Eric Pfeiffer 2010
The Mix Boxes return a lo-fi interactivity to a world made busy by complex devices and objects. The set includes six well-crafted boxes of varying size that allow you to create compositions based on your unique design and storage needs. Designed forThe Utility Collective
to highlight products made in the United States. The Mix Boxes are made to order in Phoenix, Arizona.
Designed for dynamic living and change, the Mix Boxes allow the user to create compositions of their own making. This is not a static piece of furniture that dominates a room. The set encourages interaction and lets you bring your own personality to the product and change as needed.
Design: Eric Pfeiffer 2010The Wood Whale was created for TUC to highlight US made products . The hand crafted Wood Whale holds all of your desktop belongings so they don’t stray. Pens in the spout, phone in the mouth, letters in the tail.
Design: Eric Pfeiffer + Scot Herbst 2011The Rhombins create order and a strong graphic statement for your desktop. The distinctive three piece set offers a modular storage solution for your desktop items and can be arranged in numerous configurations. The Rhombins are made using Cereplast™ a plant based bio-plastic so they are both good for the planet and great for creating desktop order.
The Rhombins are made in the USA by AMAC a Petaluma, California based manufacturing company.
The Rhombins are available at The Utility Collective.
The STACT modular system provides utilitarian storage for your wine collection while transforming your home with perfectly executed materials and finishes previously found only in modern wine cellars, high end restaurants, and wine lounges. The patent-pending wine rack design is uniquely versatile and space efficient; it’s incredibly customizable and expandable to fit your space the way that you need.
Design: Eric Pfeiffer 2013
Long and low storage that brings simple order to any environment. An open bookcase and bench with solid maple construction and trapezoidal dividers that recede into the case making the books read as a continuous line. Simple utility crafted in solid wood.
The Tote Table is lightweight, portable, and perfect for use indoors and outdoors. It has an easy-to-grab handle making it an excellent choice for flexible spaces and movement. The Tote is also sized to do double duty as a stool for light to medium weight users.