Richard Schultz designed this pioneering collection in 1966 at the personal request of Florence Knoll, who wanted well-designed outdoor furnishings that would withstand the corrosive salt air at her home in Florida. A design classic, the 1966 Collection is regarded as the first modern outdoor furniture and is included in various museums, including the Permanent Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA).
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.