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Richard Schultz Topiary® Lounge Chair

by Richard Schultz, from Knoll

richard schultz topiary® lounge chair

richard schultz topiary® lounge chair

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 white vinyl fitted outdoor cover.

lounge chair: 32" w | 32" d | 30.5" h | seat: 16" h | arms: 21.5" h | 45lbs.
ottoman: 20.75" w | 22" d | 15" h | 23lbs.

$1,793.00 + plus shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 6-8 weeks)

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.


richard schultz topiary® lounge chair

average rating: 5
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wonderful but problems
, more than a month ago.
editors note: the review below raises a concern that only applies to older chairs, not current production.

i love this chair and have many of them. however now that richard schultz has sold all rights to knoll the glides for these chairs are no longer available. and since the glides wear out or sometimes fall out of their slots when the chair is moved, it is now impossible to get replacements. knoll has retooled the newer version to accept a much larger, screw -in glide that cannot be used on the longtime older standard.
the company that supplied the glides has searched for the tool required to cast more and it has been lost. the only solution would be to have knoll pay the supplier to re-tool and manufacture the old glides.
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