Richard Schultz designed the collection in 1966 at the request of Florence Knoll, who wanted well-designed outdoor furnishings that would withstand the corrosive salt air at her home in Florida.
Through the years, the 1966 Collection has earned a special place in the world of outdoor furniture and is considered a classic design for the garden. The 1966 Collection has also been chosen to be included in various museums, including the Permanent Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA).
We emphasize exceptional durability. We have re-engineered the furniture to incorporate the best modern materials, including Teflon thread, powder coat paint and stainless steel.
The classic design of the 1966 collection continues to look fresh and timely today, which is due to the Richard Schultz company, whose “furniture relates to a deep interest in sculptural form and its relation to nature and man.” Since it needed to resist ocean wind and high humidity, the 1966 collection used strong materials.
The frames are cast and extruded aluminum finished in weather-resistant polyester powder coat; upholstery is woven vinyl-coated polyester mesh with 100% vinyl straps; connectors and supports are stainless steel; and table tops are porcelain enamel on steel, vertical grain teak, or laminated bamboo with a lacquer finish.
Frames are available in multiple colors: white, camel, silver, black, and chestnut; the mesh is available in even more colors: all of the above, plus aluminum, bronze, and sprout. The table tops can add a punch of intense color, such as red or marine blue porcelain.
“With outdoor furniture there is more freedom to be playful because of context. With interiors, form should not be so exuberant because you have a roomful of furniture.” Richard Schultz (born 1926) is a furniture designer responsible for several iconic and notable creations during the last sixty years. Richard Schultz joined Knoll Associates in 1951 to work with Harry Bertoia, ... More