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Richard Schultz Topiary® Bench

by Richard Schultz, from Knoll

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richard schultz topiary® bench

Design Richard Schultz, 1996
Aluminum, powder-coat
Made in USA by Knoll

Richard Schultz designed the Topiary collection to look like shrubs pruned to look like furniture. The whimsical pieces act as light filters, disappearing into nature and creating patterns of dappled light on the ground below.

Topiary is the only 100% sheet metal seating collection on the market, using a technique that involves bending, stamping and folding sheets of aluminum. The powder coated components make the chair resilient enough to stay outdoors all year round. Topiary includes glides, can be bolted down to the ground and has an optional fitted white vinyl outdoor cover.

55" w | 26" d | 34.5" h | seat: 18" h | arms: 25" h | 84lbs.

$3,163.00 + plus shipping
(usually ships in 6-8 weeks)
Richard Shultz

Richard Schultz

After studying at Iowa State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Richard Shultz joined Knoll in 1951 to work with Harry Bertoia. He also taught basic design at the Philadelphia College of Art, and had a one-man show of his sculpture at the MoMA. In 1992, Richard Schultz began his own furniture manufacturing and design company, Richard Schulz Designs in Pennsylvania where he and his son Peter have built an impressive line of outdoor furniture collections. Significant designs over the years include the Petal Table and 1966 series for Knoll which purchased the Richard Schultz company in 2012.
Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuer's seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.


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Topiary outdoor furniture
KAZ, more than a month ago.
I’ve owned topiary lounge chairs and coffee table for 20+ years and they are still as good as new. They’ve been outside all that time and are very comfortable. The only downside is that they can be blown around in high winds because they are light weight (which can be an upside). I also owned a petal coffee table for a short while but returned it because my daughter leaned on the edge and a whole piece popped up and hit her in the face.

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