The July 9, Sunday copy of The New York Times featured the 1966 Square Dining Table by Richard Schultz for Knoll in an article titled “Dining Tables You Can Take Outdoors.” Schultz’s 1966 Square Dining Table is amongst a list of outdoor dining tables that boast versatility and functionality. Tim McKeough of The New York Times aptly mentioned that, “most outdoor tables are so versatile they can be moved around to serve a multitude of functions.” The list included a variety of products ranging from ones wood finishes to ones with powder-coated metal finishes. Nina Freudenberger, owner of Los Angeles-based interior design firm Haus Interior, noted, “A lot of modern spaces now don’t have a formal dining room, but you can put that function outside.”
It seems as if Florence Knoll shared the same sentiment as Ms. Freudenberger. Richard Schultz designed the 1966 Collection after receiving an envelope from Florence Knoll that was filled with rusty hardware. The envelope contained a note expressing Florence Knoll’s desire to have well-designed outdoor furniture that would withstand all kinds of weather. The Collection was the first truly modern outdoor collection and has been the category standard ever since.
The 1966 Collection has been re-engineered to incorporate the best modern materials, including powder coat paint and stainless steel. Bright new powder coat finishes contribute a fresh look to a classic collection.