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.
We’ve made it to 3 days until the start of the annual Knoll Space Sale! And even though we might be experiencing a hint of fall weather, there’s no reason we can’t talk about outdoor furniture. Like the Richard Schultz collection, for example.
Richard Schultz has long been an integral part of the Knoll story. After studying mechanical engineering and design, 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 develop 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.
The Knoll Space Sale starts Friday, September 20th and runs through Tuesday, October 1st.
Summer officially started two days ago and along with it comes great new outdoor pieces from Vastu.
Whether or not you want to spend any time outside in the awesomely oppressive heat and humidity is up to you… If you’re brave enough to face the elements, however, you might as well fill your outdoor living spaces with beautiful outdoor furniture.
As we announced yesterday, Vastu is now an authorized Flos dealer and one of the cool things to come from this internationally-renowned lighting company is the Flos outdoor line.
With floor lamps, pendants, wall lighting and sconces, and even path lights, we now have the products to (safely) illuminate your patios, terraces and decks.
We first learned of Knoll’s acquisition of Richard Schultz in February and have eagerly anticipated the official release and it’s finally arrived. In addition to our other great outdoor lines, the pieces from Richard Schultz are as beautiful as they are functional for outdoor use. In a variety of styles, materials colors and textures, we are pleased to be able to offer you these amazing designs.
We’ve been busy adding other outdoor lines to our website as well, including one from a leading French outdoor furniture manufacturer, so if you haven’t been to our website in a while definitely check it out soon!
We’re a week away from an exciting event that we love to be a part of each summer! Next Friday, June 1st, marks the beginning of the Herman Miller Summer Sale and your chance to take 15% off great classics from design masters like Ray & Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi, George Nelson as well as famous Italian designs from Magis.
The sale runs June 11th. Pre-orders are being accepted now.
15% Off – The Herman Miller Summer Sale
June 1 – June 11, 2012
1829 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 2009
It is a fabulous and sunny 80 degrees here in DC and the only thing we can think about is being outside. Whether we were getting lunch, a coffee or just soaking up the Vitamin D the beautiful weather has made us all the more excited for a few new products available from Herman Miller.
It’s the Eames(R) Aluminum Group for Outdoors!
Earlier this month, Knoll announced that it had agreed to acquire famed outdoor furniture manufacturer Richard Schultz Design.
“The acquisition of Richard Schultz reflects our ongoing interest in remixing our business with high design, high margin specialty offerings which appeal to both commercial buyers and consumers worldwide”, said Knoll CEO, Andrew Cogan.
Richard Schultz has made classics such as the Petal Collection,
and continues to create great outdoor designs like the Fresh Air Chair.
It’ll be exciting to see when Knoll will add Richard Schultz products to their own offerings (and whether Vastu will have access through our relationship with Knoll). You’ll be the first to know, one way or the other!
Meaning “more than” in Latin, Magis has been in business since the 70s. Since the beginning, Magis has taken an approach to furniture design and manufacturing much like Herman Miller. By taking leading edge technology, the industrial process and new materials, both Magis and Herman Miller create beautiful furniture that while using less energy to do so.
In June of this year, Herman Miller announced that it would become the exclusive distributor of Magis products in the US and Canada. And as an authorized Herman Miller retailer, we’re proud to announce that now you can also buy incredible Magis designs from us!
Check out a few pieces below. Read more
With the weather warming up it’s time to start thinking about heading outdoors. Give your outdoor space an updated look with pieces from Emu’s new Cantilever collection. Designers of this collection, Alessandro Andreucci and Christian Hoisl, combined Emu’s manufacturing tradition with the company’s tradition of experimenting with design. The collaboration resulted in the Cantilever armchair, low armchair, chaise and dining table.
(image via Stylepark)
Born in Spain in 1961, Patricia Urquiola has become very well known over the years for her amazing designs. Urquiola graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Madrid in 1989. Between 1990 and 1992, Patricia was an assistant lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano university and at the E.N.S.C.I. in Paris. From 1990 to 1996, she worked for the new product development office of De Padova and with Vico Magistretti.