Petal End Table
designed by Richard Schultz
At A Glance:
Richard Schultz designed the Petal Table in 1960 as a companion piece to the Bertoia Chairs that were so enthusiastically received by the design-minded public. With a tabletop made from eight separate petals mounted on a cast aluminum "spider" bracket, the Petal End Table distinctly resembles the Queen Anne's Lace flower that inspired Schultz.
What's To Like:
- MoMA loved the Petal Tables when they came out - they grabbed them as soon as they were introduced.
- Each "petal" expands and contracts with the weather independently from the other petals, protecting the top from cracks.
- Yes, the table can be used outdoors!
- The table has an exceptionally sturdy base due to its many legs.
What's Not to Like:
We really can't pick on anything besides price, since beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This is an expensive table, no doubt.
The Bottom Line:
Easy to look at and sturdily constructed with an eye for detail, the Petal End Table by Richard Schultz meets all the criteria of both art and furniture. Knoll has a winner here.
Also available are the Petal Dining Table and Petal Coffee Table.
- Overall dimensions: 19" h x 16" diameter
- Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
- Base and "spider" bracket are powder-coated cast aluminum
- Stem is powder-coated stainless steel
- Teak petals are solid teak
- White petals are machined HPDE (High Density Polyurethane)
A cover may be purchased separately if you wish to further protect your table from the elements. Give us a call at 888-467-6278 and we'll hook you up!
In 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.