When designer Jonathan Olivares began work on a new outdoor chair for Knoll, he certainly had a few goals in mind. The chair had to be:
- Lightweight, yet substantial enough to withstand the elements
- More comfortable than existing outdoor chairs
- And stylistically able to be brought and used indoors
It may have taken four years, but we think he achieved those goals, and more, in the Olivares Chair for Knoll.
The Olivares Chair is composed of a die-cast aluminum body-contoured shell and extruded aluminum legs. It’s stackable and the entire chair is powder coated with a durable matte finish. It’s lightweight, at just under 15 lbs, and comes in 8 fantastic hues that will absolutely add a pop of color either outdoors or in.
CONSTRUCTION AND DETAILS
- Suitable for outdoor use
- Shell is constructed of die-cast aluminum with outdoor powder coat paint
- Leg tenons are integrated in the shell and a subtle reveal transitions the shell to the extruded aluminum legs
- Legs are secured to the shell using epoxy and stainless steel fasteners
- Chairs stack 6 high on the floor and 10 high on optional dolly
- Stacking bumper distributes the chair’s weight over a wide area
- Designer’s signature and the KnollStudio logo are located under the seat
- Nylon glides included
The Olivares Chair is part of the Knoll Space Sale and is 15% off through October 1st.
Interior designers Pierre Beucler and Jean Christophe Poggioli established the international relevance of their Paris-based firm with a project for the Louvre’s Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities Rooms. Among other work for Museums, they have worked for Christian Dior, Cacharel, and Comme des Garçon among other fashion houses. Their Lounge Collection for Knoll debuted at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in 2012 and is now available to order.
“Usually as architects everything is about the right line. For Knoll we wanted a really particular line, really straight, really well designed. The challenge was to find a dialogue between this sharp, really well designed line and the softness of the interior.
“Everything was about the right proportions, the right balance. The high back is interesting in a room if you need shelter, if you need to be alone with your computer or your book. We wanted to create a space within a space—a nest. This was the basis of our process. For us the sofa can live almost anywhere. It’s quite easy to live with.”
-Pierre Beucler and Jean-Christophe Poggioli
CONSTRUCTION AND DETAILS
- Residential Sofa is available in five versions: High Back or Low Back, Standard Wing or Large Wing
- Residential Chaise Lounge is available with arm on either side
- Residential Chair is available two sizes: Lounge and Small Lounge
- Contact Sofa is available in two versions: 2-seat or 3 seat
- Contract Chair is available two sizes: Lounge and Small Lounge
- Available in a variety of KnollTextiles and Spinneybeck® leathers with split upholstery option
- Frames are formed plywood wrapped with highly resilient urethane foam
- Cushions are multi-density urethane foam
- Plywood frame sits atop a welded steel base which is finished in polished chrome or polished copper
- Available with polished chrome or polished copper legs
- Feet are height adjustable
Since the 1950s, Knoll has produced tables, desks and credenzas with beautiful marbles, granites, quartzes and limestones. This follows Knoll’s design philosophy of creating long-lasting furniture with the best materials around. So where does Knoll find the best stone for their furniture and how do they get it into your home?
Check out these pictures taken by “Knoll associates, primarily at our supplier in Fermignano, Italy and in nearby quarries.”
We’re entering the final few days of the Spring Richard Schultz sale from Knoll and time has almost run out to take advantage of 15% savings. In celebration of the awesome line of outdoor pieces included in the sale, here’s some interesting history on Richard Schultz and his relationship with Knoll (from Knoll.com).
“Richard Schultz has long been an integral part of the Knoll story. After studying mechanical engineering and design at Iowa State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Schultz joined Knoll in 1951. His first assignment was to assist Harry Bertoia on the development and production of the Bertoia Wire Collection. This led to an 18-month assignment in Europe, establishing and supervising production of the Bertoia designs for Knoll subsidiaries and licensees. After returning to the U.S., he joined the Design Development Group at the Knoll factory in East Greenville, PA.
Schultz is best known for his outdoor furniture designs. His graceful Petal Table, introduced in 1960, received the design award from Industrial Design magazine. The steel wire-formed 715 Chaise Lounge, which was introduced the following year to complement the Bertoia collection, was selected in 1963 by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection of contemporary furniture. After Florence Knoll moved to a seaside home in Florida, she started sending the design team rusty pieces of furniture, asking them to develope something that could perform in the salty climate. Schultz responded with the aluminum Leisure Collection in 1966.
After leaving Knoll, Schultz continued to have a successful career designing outdoor collections for his own studio. Knoll acquired Richard Schultz Design in 2012, enabling the re-release many of Schultz’s classic Knoll designs.”
In a surprise announcement, Knoll delivered details of its first sale on the entire Richard Schultz line of outdoor collections since its acquisition in March 2012.
Through May 24th, you can take advantage of 15% OFF on Richard Schultz outdoor designs including 1966®, Petal®, Topiary®, Swell® and Fresh Air Collections. Click here to see Vastu’s Richard Schultz online catalog.
Richard Schultz Sale
1829 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
May 10-May 24
Anybody familiar with the Platner collection from Knoll can probably appreciate the way Warren Platner made comfortable, sculptural and beautiful furniture from something as simple as bent wire. Reintroduced in August 2012, the Platner Easy Chair + Ottoman follow this same design aesthetic at a much larger scale.
“Since the mid-sixties, Warren Platner’s collection of seating and tables using nickel-plated bent wire as a structural and decorative element has captivated furniture enthusiasts. While many Platner Collection pieces have been in continuous production, the Easy Chair and Ottoman were produced between 1966 and 1988.
The hand manufactured Easy Chair, a popular sculptural icon paring geometry and color, is the epitome of curvy comfort; it is available with or without the Ottoman, which can also be used independently.”
The Platner Easy Chair + Ottoman is part of the upcoming Knoll Classics Sale (Feb. 25th – Mar. 3rd) and is eligible for 15% Off and FREE in-home white-glove delivery for orders delivered to the DC Metro Area.
Just in time for the Knoll Classics Sale (starting February 25 and running through March 3) we’re pleased to announce that Knoll has released a new marble for their Florence Knoll, Platner and Saarinen Collections – Grey Marble!
“Grey with white and dark grey veins. Larger mineral deposits are common in the varied patterning of the stone. Hues vary in tone and intensity.
Grey Marble is a coated marble available in a high-polish or satin finish. The transparent polyester coating creates a non-porous surface to prevent use-associated stains. Coating may yellow over time giving the stone a warmer tone.”
The Saarinen pedestal table is another oft-counterfeited design that’s been around since 1956. Created by Eero Saarinen (designer of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and Dulles International Airport among other things), these tables feature tops available in laminate, coated and natural marble and natural granite top finishes, in a wide range of colors. The bases are constructed from molded, cast aluminum strap polished and coated in tough, abrasion-resistant rilsan finish.
Available as a dining table, side table or cocktail table with various shapes, sizes, heights and finish options this highly customizable design fits in spaces that range from traditional single family homes in the suburbs to modern loft penthouses in the city.
*For orders over $500 being delivered to the DC Metro Area.
Originally designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for the International Exposition hosted in Barcelona, Spain, the Barcelona Chair has since remained an icon of modern design and the inspiration for many counterfeits. It’s part of the Knoll Classics Sale and will receive 15% Off and FREE in-home white glove delivery* from Monday, February 25th through Sunday, March 3rd.
*For orders over $500 being delivered to the DC Metro Area.
The Knoll Classics Sale
15% Off Classic Designs From:
- Mies van der Rohe
- and Schultz
Monday, February 25th, 2013 – Sunday, March 3rd, 2013