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
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!