Growing up as a fourth-generation Californian in Los Gatos, Eric Pfeiffer has always thought the most beautiful things he owned were his skateboard, surfboard and bicycle. When he was 12 and lacking the funds to buy a snowboard, he made his own. This early resourcefulness carved the way for his first foray into molded plywood — a technique that inspires and informs much of the Corral collection.
Pfeiffer studied design at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the Rhode Island School of Design, going on to enterprise multiple businesses, while working as product designer, designer-manufacturer, design strategist and brand builder, and gaining a 360-degree experience of the industry.
In 1996, Pfeiffer founded custom furniture design and manufacturing office Bravo 20 in San Francisco. Within four years, Pfeiffer had merged Bravo 20 into award-winning, New York-based furniture brand Offi. He once again started his own studio under the name Pfeiffer Lab in 2005. In 2016, in addition to the studio, Pfeiffer launched furniture design and manufacturing brand, Corral. From its studio in Oakland, California, Corral builds on a rich American design culture that spans the utilitarian influence of the Shakers and the material innovations of the Eames Office. As the brand's creative director, Pfeiffer draws on and corrals young talent to co-create and define an authentic, particularly American design voice that responds to who we are and how we live and work today.
Eric’s happy place is out in nature with those same utilitarian objects that he grew up with. To this day, they often help book-end a day at the studio or at the geodesic dome he’s currently remodeling north of the bay. This exciting change of scenery has aided the Corral team in their recent shared passion for mushroom foraging and more importantly, putting these finds on pizza bonfire-side.
Studio Gorm was founded in 2007 by John Arndt and Wonhee Arndt, who met while studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven. After graduating, they established their studio in Rotterdam before settling down in Eugene, Oregon to design products, furniture and exhibitions for a variety of international clients.
They both work as professors in the Product Design department of the nearby University of Oregon. In 2015, the couple founded international design collective Furnishing Utopia and continue to serve as two of the group’s principal organizers. They have co-created the Tuck Table, 10-Degree Table, Bowler Table and Bowler Bowl with Corral.
Designer. Advocate. Advisor. Interior and furniture designer Brian Graham, founder and creative director of San Francisco-based Graham Design, offers a strategic approach to the design, development and marketing of workplace furniture.
“I’m an interior designer who has evolved into a furniture designer, and it informs everything that I do," he says. "While it's important to understand the object I’m designing, it’s even more vital to understand how it’s going to be used. That’s why planning is the foundation of everything that I do.”
Graham’s design solutions have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design and the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA), The International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design’s GOOD Design Program. He has co-created the Deck Sofa and Maude Sofa Collection with Corral.
Kelly Harris Smith
Kelly Harris Smith is a designer, creative director, author and entrepreneur specializing in natural and sustainable materials for commercial and residential interior design.
A cofounder of FilzFelt (acquired by Knoll, Inc. in 2011), Kelly’s award-winning designs are distinctive for their pattern, color, and innovative functionality. Whether she’s designing textiles, interior architecture installations or running Minni, a community creative space offering art + design classes for young children, Kelly begins her process with a thoughtful analysis of how people will interact with the product and the environment.
Kelly was awarded the Product Designer Award at Interior Design’s HiP 2020 and Emerging Product Designer Award at NYCxDesign in 2018 and her exclusive designs have been included in the MoMA Design Store. She’s the co-author of Universal Principles of Interior Design, published in 2022. Kelly trained in architecture at Northeastern University and resides in Boston with her husband and two young children and one adorable vizsla.
Chris Adamick designs environments, furniture, and products. He is principal of Chris Adamick Design, LLC and is a partner at Big Production, an environmental graphic design studio.
He has worked with leading commercial furniture brands including Allsteel, Bernhardt Design, Corral, Haworth, Martin Brattrud and Stylex. His work has been exhibited internationally and received several prestigious design awards including the Architizer A+ Award, Best of NeoCon Gold, Silver, Editors’ Choice, Sustainability, and Innovation Awards, the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Best of Year Award from Interior Design Magazine, Hospitality Design Magazine Product Award and recognition from the Type Directors Club of New York (TDC) and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD).
In addition to holding design leadership roles with independent consultancies Pentagram in New York City and Rios in Los Angeles, Chris has been an instructor at Art Center College of Design and has worked in-house with the iconic American clothing brand, Gap to lead the creation of new store environments. He has co-created the Constellation Table and Constellation Outdoor Table with Corral.