Richard Schultz designed the Petal Table to accompany the Harry Bertoia's diamond chairs. Inspired by how each cluster of flowers is supported on its own stem in Queen Anne's Lace, a weed that grows near Schultz's house in Pennsylvania, the tops on these tables are made of eight petals, each mounted on beautifully crafted cast aluminium. By making a table in this manner there is no need for a ring support and each petal is independent which allows the table to expand and contract with the weather.
The table was introduced by Knoll in Los Angeles in 1960 and was immediately made part of the MoMA Design Collection.
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.
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