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    Swell® Lounge Chair

    Richard Schultz 2007

    With the growing popularity of more fully furnished outdoor environments, customers have begun to look for large, luxurious sofa seating to create outdoor living rooms. Based on the 1966 collection, Swell is a generously proportioned and exceptionally comfortable outdoor lounge collection that does not require cushions.

    Image Library

    • color White Mesh
    • color Grey Tone Mesh
    • color Aluminum
    • color Bronze Mesh
    • color Chestnut Mesh
    • color Onyx Mesh
    • color White Strap
    • color Grey Strap
    • color Onyx Strap
    • color Sand Strap
    • color Bronze Strap
    • color Brown Strap
    • color White
    • color Light Bronze
    • color Weatherable Silver
    • color Onyx
    • color Warm Wood
    • color Chestnut
    • color Dark Bronze
    • color Green
    • color Blue


    Additional Info

    Construction and Details
    • 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
    • Swell Lounge Chair is certified Clean Air GOLD

    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 develop 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 of many of Schultz’s classic Knoll designs.