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Design by Richard Schultz.
With Topiary, Richard Schultz wanted to design a chair that looked like a shrub pruned to look like a chair. The designer is "fascinated by the way sunlight comes through the leaves of shrubbery, producing dappled shadows." And this furniture was designed to act as a light filter, disappearing into nature. Sometimes the pattern looks like flowers. Covered with dew, it looks alive.
The Topiary® Collection is made of sheet aluminum that is bent, stamped and folded. All aluminum components are then powder coated, resulting in furniture that you can leave outside throughout the year. Simple bent components form the seat back and arms of the series' Chair - a flowing, sculptural design which complements its natural surroundings.
Select from 13 weather resistant polyester powder coat colors. Optional custom covers are available and sold separately (see below).
Material(s): 0.2" aluminum frame, stamped and formed with weather resistant polyester powder coat, clear butyrate plastic glides, stainless steel, polyurethane and vinyl connectors
Designer: Richard Schultz
Richard Schultz joined Knoll Associates in 1951 to work with Harry Bertoia, after studying at Iowa State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Schultz's work with Knoll took a serendipitous turn when Florence Knoll asked him to design durable, attractive outdoor furniture for her Florida home. The result was the "Leisure Collection" (now sold as the "1966 Collection") which became an instant classic. In addition to his work for Knoll, he designed an office system for Stow/Davis. He also taught basic design at the Philadelphia College of Art and had a one-man show of his sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In 1992, Richard Schultz began his own furniture manufacturing and design company, where he and his son, Peter, have built an impressive line of outdoor furniture collections including Topiary, Swell, and Mateo. In 2012, Knoll and Richard Schultz reunited to distribute these widely acclaimed and sought after collections to the residential market.View other products by Richard Schultz
Manufacturer: Richard Schultz
The rich history of Richard Schultz began with Richard Schultz's long involvement in modern furniture design, sculpture and art. He worked with Harry Bertoia during the development of Bertoia's iconic collection of wire chairs for Knoll. Schultz later designed the Petal Collection to accompany the Bertoia's Diamond Chair. Some years later, Florence Knoll specifically asked Schultz to create a collection of furniture that could withstand the outdoors. The result was the "Leisure Collection" (now sold as the "1966 Collection") which became an instant classic.
In 1992, Richard Schultz began his own furniture manufacturing and design company. The entire collection, featuring outdoor chairs, lounges, tables and accessories, relates to the designer's deep interest in sculptural form and its relation to nature and man. Outdoor furniture must be comfortable and durable for use in outdoor and garden settings. And, balanced with that, designs are kept either complementary or supplementary to their natural surroundings, providing an aesthetic of luxuriant creativity, guided by materials and form.
For the past 20 years, Schultz and his son, Peter, have been able to build an impressive line of outdoor furniture collections including Topiary, Swell, and Mateo. In 2012, Knoll and Richard Schultz reunited to distribute these widely acclaimed and sought after collections to the residential market.View other products from Richard Schultz