This past March was a month of reuniting between the design house leader, Knoll, and iconic mid-century designer Richard Schultz. After 20 years apart, the two have come together again Gabriel Ross' selection of exquisite outdoor furniture grows larger.
Schultz began designing for Knoll at the start of his career in 1951. His first iconic work, the Petal table, was designed to work with Harry Bertoia's Diamond Chairs - Bertoia and Schultz were colleagues together at Knoll. The table eventually earned a spot in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
He also designed his 1966 collection for outdoor - a series of tables, chairs and loungers with classic clean modern lines in the finest materials durable enough to withstand the elements.
I 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.
A design departure from the minimalist 1966 Collection, the Topiary collection is more organic and decorative. It is also available in a variety of colours including "daffodil yellow" as seen below:
I wanted to design a chair that looks like a shrub pruned to look like a chair. I am fascinated by the way sunlight comes through the leaves of shrubbery, producing dappled shadows.This furniture acts as a light filter, disappearing into nature.I wanted to design a chair that looks like a shrub pruned to look like a chair. I am fascinated by the way sunlight comes through the leaves of shrubbery, producing dappled shadows.This furniture acts as a light filter, disappearing into nature.
Topiary ignited Schultz to start his own business and design firm 1992. He re-ignited the classics, continued designing new work, and built up the value of his work just in time for Knoll to scoop up the brand in 2012. A brilliant acquisition for Knoll, the Schultz collection is a perfect fit and will once again nestle up next to Bertoia's wire chairs.