Outdoor / Seating / Schultz 1966 Lounge Chair

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. 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 aluminium 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 colours: white, camel, silver, black, and chestnut; the mesh is available in even more colours: all of the above, plus aluminium, bronze, and sprout. The table tops can add a punch of intense colour, such as red or marine blue porcelain.

Richard Schultz (born 1926) joined Knoll Associates in 1951 to work with Harry Bertoia, after studying at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Schultz’s breakthrough design was the ‘Petal’ table, inspired by a weed on the family farm. Designed to accompany Bertoia’s iconic wire chairs for Knoll, it was made part of the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Knoll products are defined by a distinct modern sensibility. From classics by the likes of Mies van der Rohe to ground-breaking designs by contemporary creatives including Marc Newson, David Adjaye, Barber Osgerby and Rem Koolhaas.

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