Richard Schultz Takes the Modern Office Outdoors

March 20th marked the first day of spring, which means that here in Texas we will all be taking in as much outdoors as possible before the 110 degree summer days arrive. When it comes to outdoor modern office furniture, the Richard Schultz Collection by Knoll Space tops our list of favorite outdoor solutions for outdoor modern workplace solutions.

The 1966 Collection

About Richard Schultz
Richard Schultz studied at Iowa State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He joined Knoll in 1951 to work with Harry Bertoia during the development of Bertoia’s iconic collection of wire chairs. He later designed the Petal Collection to accompany the Diamond Chair. Florence Knoll asked Schultz to design a collection of furniture that could withstand the outdoors for her home in Florida, and he delivered on that request with the “Leisure Collection” (now sold as the “1966 Collection“), which became an instant Knoll classic. In addition to his design work with Knoll, Schultz also designed an office system for Stow/Davis and taught design at the Philadelphia College of Art. His sculptures have been exhibited in a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In 1992, Richard Schultz and his son Peter launched a furniture manufacturing and design company, building an impressive line of outdoor furniture collections including Topiary and Swell. The pattern on Topiary was designed to mimic dappled shade, which is the pattern created by the sun casting shadows through leaves on trees. Swell was designed to complement the 1966 Collection. The Lounge Chair takes up the same amount of visual space as the Barcelona Chair.

Topiary Collection

Swell Collection


Now, after 20 years, Knoll and Richard Schultz are together again, providing distinctive modern outdoor furniture — the Richard Schultz CollectionThough all of the Collection is made to weather the elements, many of the pieces can be utilized inside the modern workplace or even in residential applications.


Richard Schultz Collection

Ready to take your modern workplace outdoors? Contact bauhaus for the perfect solution for your workplace environment. This month in our flex space, we will be showcasing other outdoor product offerings from Knoll.