Design Stories

Eric Pfeiffer

Eric Pfeiffer served as the VP of Design for Offi from 2000-2004 before opening his own design studio, focusing on creating useful and elegant solutions for everyday living. In 2005, the SF MOMA acquired four pieces from Pfeiffer's work for its permanent collection. Pfeiffer continues his design work today in his studio aptly named Pfeiffer Labs.

What's the best design advice you have ever received and from whom?

From my Grandfather: There is no such word as "can't".

What's the one style/design rule you never break?

Design products to last a lifetime.

Always Break?

Design rules or styles.

Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair
Big Rib Table, designed by Eric Pfeiffer for Offi, from

Who are your design icons?

Isamu Nougchi, Sori Yanagi, Charles and Ray Eames, Naoto Fukasawa, Kenya Hara, Enzo Mari, Dieter Rams, Muji, Jean Prouve.

What's your favorite place to search for design inspiration?

On my bike, the mountains or in the ocean.

I splurge on . . .

My family.

What's your most cherished item?

Our house.

What's your favorite vacation spot?

Baja, California.

What's your favorite neighborhood restaurant?

South Park Cafe.

I spend my weekends . . .

With my family outdoors.

Design Stories: Eric Pfeiffer

Eric Pfeiffer as featured in YLighting's "Love Light" campaign. Spring edition of Atomic Ranch.

Tiki Stool by Eric Pfeiffer for Offi

Tiki Stool by Eric Pfeiffer for Offi

Baja Bay, California

Baja Bay, four hours south of San Diego