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KnollStudio®

1966 Sofa

Item #1966-255

Richard Schultz 1966

Richard Schultz designed the 1966 Collection at the request of Florence Knoll who, after retiring, wanted outdoor furniture that could withstand the corrosive Florida ocean air. The 1966 Collection is regarded as the first modern outdoor furniture and has been the category standard ever since.

 

Starts at: $1839

 

Call to Purchase

NYC Home Design Shop: 212 343-4190

Customer Service: 800 343-5665

 

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Construction and Details
  • Available in 2 and 3 seat versions
  • Seat and back are woven vinyl coated polyester mesh available in a variety of colors
  • Straps are solid pure vinyl with no fillers and are sewn onto the mesh seat and back with teflon thread
  • Straps are available in a varietty of colors
  • Frame is welded cast and extruded aluminum finished in weather resistant polyester powder coat in a variety of colors
  • Stainless steel supports and connectors
  • Glides included
  • Optional pads and pillows available in select KnollTextiles
  • Optional fitted outdoor cover available
Sustainable Design and Environmental Certification
  • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®

 

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Richard Schultz has long been an integral part of the Knoll story. After studying mechanical engineering and design at Iowa State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Schultz joined Knoll in 1951. His first assignment was to assist Harry Bertoia on the development and production of the Bertoia Wire Collection. This led to an 18-month assignment in Europe, establishing and supervising production of the Bertoia designs for Knoll subsidiaries and licensees. After returning to the U.S., he joined the Design Development Group at the Knoll factory in East Greenville, PA.

Schultz is best known for his outdoor furniture designs. His graceful Petal Table, introduced in 1960, received the design award from Industrial Design magazine. The steel wire-formed 715 Chaise Lounge, which was introduced the following year to complement the Bertoia collection, was selected in 1963 by the Museum of Modern Art for its permanent collection of contemporary furniture. After Florence Knoll moved to a seaside home in Florida, she started sending the design team rusty pieces of furniture, asking them to develope something that could perform in the salty climate. Schultz responded with the aluminum Leisure Collection in 1966.

After leaving Knoll, Schultz continued to have a successful career designing outdoor collections for his own studio. Knoll acquired Richard Schultz Design in 2012, enabling the re-release many of Schultz’s classic Knoll designs.