Luxury Design, Past & Present
Mid-century petal table, by Richard Schultz for Knoll, features an ingenious support structure and eight-point base in aluminum. Eight redwood petals, mounted to the structure, comprise the tabletop.
"I was inspired by Queen Ann's lace...each cluster of flowers is supported on its own stem". This graceful Petal Table, introduced in 1960, received the design award from Industrial Design magazine.
Reference: Knoll Designer Bios
b. USA, 1930
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 s