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Knoll FurnitureIn 1951, after studying mechanical engineering and design at Iowa State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Richard Schultz joined Knoll. Of all the projects he could have possibly worked on, his very first was to assist Harry Bertoia with the Bertoia Wire Collection - even spending 18 months in Europe in order to get production of that collection underway. Schultz is best known for his graceful Petal Collection of tables. In addition, one of his most enduring designs is the 1966 Collection of outdoor furniture that he developed at Florence Knoll's request; she needed patio furniture that wouldn't rust in the seaside climate of her home, and Schultz delivered.

After leaving Knoll in 1972 to freelance he opened his own studio where he has always worked independently, defining his own projects and selling them to manufacturers for production. The Richard Schultz studio was recently re-acquired by Knoll, making it possible for the re-issue of his classic pieces by the company with which he began his illustrious career.

Knoll is one of the best and most accomplished furniture designers and producers the world over. Their catalogue includes famous and lasting work from designers like Harry Bertoia, Warren Platner, Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, and of course Richard Schultz. Using beautiful fabrics and materials and always honoring the original designs of the men and women who made their name, Knoll continues to produce classic furniture for the contemporary marketplace.