Corporate Design, Inc. was established in 1870 as Evansville Furniture Company, specializing in manufacturing of home casegoods, seating, bedroom, dining room furniture. In 1919, Universal Furniture Co., was founded by Mr. A.E. Small, Sr. Universal Furniture was a highly successful wholesale furniture company servicing the states of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri.


The business was taken over by Mr. A.E. Small, Jr. in the early 1950’s. Upon Mr. Small, Jr.’s decision to retire, his son J. Michael Small, purchased the stock and assets of Universal Furniture’s contract division. J. Michael Small had been directing the contract division for seven years and upon acquiring it in 1983, established Corporate Design, Inc.

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In 1985 Corporate Design, Inc. moved into a new corporate office in a portion of Universal Furniture’s original home. The offices have been proudly restored to their original 1860’s structure combined with contemporary furnishings to provide a pleasant showroom atmosphere.


Today, CDI boasts a staff of 45, including NCIDQ certified designers, a customer service oriented sales and support staff and factory-trained installation crews. The company works from the standpoint that business success originates with a full-functional work space. From a single-person office to a large environment, CDI can provide you with the right mix of functionality and quality, while meeting your budget.

Corporate Design’s dedication to bringing leading-edge technology, creative solutions and expressive utility to the various work environments within the marketplace have put the company in the forefront of the industry.