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Richard Schultz Seating

American, 1926-2021

Many of today’s most popular outdoor furniture designs exist thanks to the talents of designer Richard Schultz. Working in his fluid mid-century modern style, Schultz introduced a wealth of unimposing pieces to gardens and outdoor spaces that proved highly influential in the decades that followed. The airy shapes and timeless appeal of his vintage patio furniture and other works reflect his motto: “Form follows technique.”

Born Moses Richard Schultz in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1926, he displayed an early talent for building steam engines in his family’s basement. Although he had an aptitude for engineering, Schultz's struggles with mathematics later prevented him from completing his engineering coursework at Iowa State University. He joined the U.S. Navy, working as a radio operator. Following his military service, he enrolled at the Institute of Design in Chicago.

After he graduated in 1950, Schultz traveled to Europe, where he spent the summer sketching. When he returned to the United States in 1951, he applied for a position as a designer at the furniture manufacturer Knoll Inc. It is said that Florence Knoll — the company's cofounder and a visionary designer in her own right — hired him on the spot based solely on his sketches.

At Knoll's production facilities in Pennsylvania, Schultz was initially tasked with supporting Italian-American designer and metalsmith Harry Bertoia with the Bertoia Wire collection.

Schultz’s 715 chaise longue, with its adjustable frame and signature solid wheel, paired well with Bertoia’s celebrated woven steel-wire work. It was acquired in 1963 by the Museum of Modern Art for the institution's permanent collection. Another iconic piece Schultz produced around this time was the Petal table. Its wooden “petal” tabletop and enameled metal base were inspired by the plant known as Queen Anne’s lace.

In 1966, one of Schultz’s most esteemed series, the Leisure collection (reissued in 1992 as the 1966 collection), was developed when Florence Knoll requested some outdoor furniture for her Florida home that could withstand the salty ocean air. Schultz designed a line of aluminum patio coffee tables and lounge chairs that were not only fashionable and comfortable but also wouldn't rust.

In 1972, Knoll laid off its designers as part of the company's cost-cutting measures at the time. Schultz's role was a casualty of the reorganization, and he started his design studio — Richard Schultz Design — out of a Pennsylvania farmhouse. He enjoyed success with another of his influential pieces, the Paradigm office chair, which he sold to furniture manufacturer Stow & Davis in 1978. In 2012, Knoll acquired Richard Schultz Design and reissued many of his classic works.

Schultz is recognized today for having been one of the 20th century’s most celebrated outdoor furniture creators.

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Creator: Richard Schultz
Richard Schultz Chairs for Knoll Up to 20
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Rare model 1407 chairs designed by Richard Schultz for Knoll for a short period of time. Beautiful curves and angles with hidden welds inspired by bicycle manufacturing with a nod to...
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1980s American Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

Tan Leather Sofa by Richard Schultz for Knoll
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Toledo, OH
This 1970 sofa designed by Richard Schultz for Knoll features a leather cushioned front and back, and was created with modular sections that hang from a ste...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

Tan Leather Sofa by Richard Schultz for Knoll
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Toledo, OH
This 1970 sofa designed by Richard Schultz for Knoll features a leather cushioned front and back, and was created with modular sections that hang from a ste...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

Rare Richard Schultz Knoll International Daybed / Sofa No. 703
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Munich, DE
Convertible sofa designed by Richard Schultz for Knoll International. The seat pulls forward and up to create a flat and level bed. Wonderful and classic Mid-Century Modern design up...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Metal, Chrome

Rare No. 704 Richard Schultz Knoll International Daybed / Sofa
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Munich, DE
Convertible sofa designed by Richard Schultz for Knoll International. The seat pulls forward and up to create a flat and level bed. Wonderful and classic Mid-Century Modern design.
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Metal

Mid-Century Patio Lounge Chairs Florence Knoll Richard Schultz
By Richard Schultz, Florence Knoll
Located in Baltimore, MD
Set of four patio lounge armchairs by famous designer Richard Schultz for Florence Knoll, made in the United States, circa 1960's. Superbly crafted, each features aluminum white pain...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

Richard Schultz Prototype Aluminum Stacking Chair #2
By Richard Schultz
Located in New York, NY
Prototype stacking chair hand-built of aluminum by furniture designer and artist Richard Schultz as a full-size 3-D model exploring the ergonomic and sculptural qualities of a design...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

1407 Chairs by Richard Schultz for Knoll
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Chicago, IL
c. 1980s. Price is for the set. Contact us if you’d like to purchase a single item. Upholstered in salmon naugahyde. Grey metal frames. Tagged.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Metal

1960s Richard Schultz Daybed Lounge w/ Cream Hopsack Upholstery and Metal Legs
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This is an uncommon Daybed, designed in circa 1958 by Richard Schultz for Knoll International. Around the same time, Florence Knoll & Charles Niedringhaus were designing their own se...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

Richard Schultz Dining Chairs for Knoll in Original Oyster White Wool 1961
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of four dining or game table swivel chairs designed by Richard Schultz for Knoll. These chairs originated from an architecturally significant residence in NOLA and were rarely us...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Wool

1966 Two Seat Lounge Sofa by Richard Schultz
By Richard Schultz
Located in Doral, FL
1966 Two Seater Lounge Sofa by Richard Schultz for Knoll 1966 / 2012 White Powder Coated Aluminum, Mesh
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1960s American Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

Set of Four 1966 Collection Outdoor Chairs by Richard Schultz
By Richard Schultz
Located in Dorchester, MA
Originally designed by Richard Schultz for Florence Knoll, these later productions of his classic 1966 outdoor chairs were produced by Richard Schultz Des...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

2020 Knoll Richard Schultz 1966 Series Outdoor Lounge Chair w/ Arm & Beige Frame
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a 2020 production lounge chair with arms designed by Richard Schultz and produced by Knoll. This is a unique example with beige powder coated frame and beige sling...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Metal

1993 Prototype Richard Schultz Topiary Collection Cafe Dining Chair
By Richard Schultz
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a Richard Schultz Topiary Collection stacking cafe chair prototype with a black powder-coated finish. This is a marvelous an...
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1990s American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

2021 Richard Schultz 1966 Two Seat Outdoor Lounge Chairs / Loveseat for Knoll
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a single (two are available, but they are sold separately) 1966 series two seat lounge chair / loveseat designed by Richard Schultz and produced by Knoll. This pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

Richard Schultz Pair of Single Beds for Knoll, Will Also Serve as a King Bed
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of steel-reinforced bedframes with tilting cane headboards and walnut legs produced by Knoll in the early 1950s. The body is upholstered in the original Alexander Girard striped material. The two frames can be placed side by side and will support a king mattress...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

1973 Pair of Richard Schultz for Knoll 1966 Series Rare Armless Lounge Chairs
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is an original pair of rare 1966 series armless lounge chairs, designed by Richard Schultz and produced by Knoll International. This set was acquired from a the son o...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

2001 Prototype Richard Schultz 2002 Collection Stainless Steel Mesh Dining Chair
By Richard Schultz
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a Richard Schultz 2002 Collection stainless steel dining chair prototype with custom polished perforated steel seat. The chair measures 31 inches tall by 23 inches...
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Early 2000s American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Stainless Steel

2001 Prototype Richard Schultz 2002 Collection Mesh Cantilever Dining Chair
By Richard Schultz
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a Richard Schultz 2002 Collection stainless steel cantilever dining chair prototype with mesh upholstery. This is a marvelous and rare example of a 2002 collection...
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Early 2000s American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Stainless Steel

Lounge Chairs by Richard Schultz for Knoll International, United States, 1960s
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Antwerp, BE
Modernism; Knoll International; Minimalist Design; Florence Knoll; 1966; Richard Schultz; Florida; United States; Outdoor Furniture; Lounge chairs by Richard Schultz from his 1966 c...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

1980 Richard Schultz & Knoll Prototype Flat Matte Black Outdoor Dining Armchair
By Richard Schultz
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a Richard Schultz stainless steel armchair prototype with perforated steel seat, produced circa 1980. This is a marvelous and rare example of this model series, which was intended to take the place of the famous 1966 series. The matte black powder-coated steel frame is in terrific shape. As quoted from Peter Schultz: "Prototypes for new seating line designed for Knoll circa 1980. Knoll requested a new design to replace the 1966 Collection which they were discontinuing. Shown in Knoll au Louvre book...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

Set of Six Topiary Collection Dining Chairs by Richard Schultz for Knoll, 1997
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Hamburg, PA
A wonderful Topiary Collection of Six White Powder-Coated Dining Chairs for Knoll. These chairs were designed by renowned designer Richard Schultz who creates objects to look like ar...
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1990s American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

Prototype Richard Schultz for Steelcase Sheet Metal Dining Chair from Circa 1985
By Richard Schultz, Steelcase
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a Richard Schultz sheet metal dining chair prototype for Steelcase, dating to circa 1985. This is a marvelous and rare example. The frame is in very good shape wit...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

2011 Prototype Richard Schultz Mateo Collection Raw Aluminum & Mesh Dining Chair
By Richard Schultz
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a Richard Schultz 2011 Mateo Collection aluminum lounge chair prototype with mesh upholstery. This is a marvelous and rare example of a Mateo collection lounge cha...
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2010s American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

Prototype Richard Schultz 2002 Collection Stainless & Leather Dining Chair
By Richard Schultz
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a Richard Schultz 2002 Collection stainless steel dining chair prototype with custom leather sling. The arm height is 26" from the ground. Total height is approxim...
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Early 2000s American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

Set of Four Richard Schultz 1966 Series Dining Chairs
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Richard Schultz 1966 series Knoll. Set of four outdoor dining chairs Model No. 1966-46-H. Seat and back are woven vinyl coated polyester mesh with vinyl s...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Stainless Steel, Steel

Knoll 1407 Chair by Richard Schultz
By Richard Schultz
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Immerse yourself in the distinct appeal of this exceptionally rare Knoll 1407 chair. An embodiment of Richard Schultz's visionary design from the 1980s, thi...
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1980s American Bauhaus Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Chrome

Set of Four Richard Schultz 1966 Series Armless Lounge Chairs
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Richard Schultz for 1966 series for Knoll. Set of four outdoor lounge chairs. No longer in production. Seat and back are woven vinyl coated polyester mesh with vinyl straps and stai...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Stainless Steel, Metal

Aluminum and Leather 1966 Collection Lounge Chair by Richard Schultz for Knoll
By Richard Schultz, Knoll
Located in Dorchester, MA
From Richard Schultz's collection for Knoll known widely as the 1966 Collection, the clean lines of the 25L lounge chair emphasize its understated design. A slender rectilinear frame...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

Knoll 1407 Chair by Richard Schultz
By Richard Schultz
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Immerse yourself in the distinct appeal of this exceptionally rare Knoll 1407 chair. An embodiment of Richard Schultz's visionary design from the 1980s, thi...
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1980s American Bauhaus Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Chrome

Richard Schultz Prototype Aluminum Stacking Chair #1
By Richard Schultz
Located in New York, NY
Prototype stacking chair hand-built of an aluminum sheet and tubular aluminum by furniture designer and artist Richard Schultz as a full-size 3-D model exploring the ergonomic and sc...
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1990s American Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

Eight Dining Chairs by Richard Schultz for Knoll, White Frames, Red Orange Seats
By Richard Schultz
Located in Kansas City, MO
Set of 8 Richard Schultz dining chairs, made by Knoll, 1960s. The frames and seat backs have been expertly refinished in a soft white / ivory color and the original red orange seats...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Steel

Pair of Adjustable 1966 Collection Chaise Lounges by Richard Schultz
By Richard Schultz
Located in Dorchester, MA
Richard Schultz originally designed his minimalist 1966 Collection of outdoor furniture for Florence Knoll's Florida residence. For this pair of chaise lounges slender frames of whit...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

1407 Chair Richard Schultz Chair for Knoll
By Richard Schultz
Located in Princeton Junction, NJ
simple, elegent design by renowned designer Richard Schultz. Famous for his "Petal" table and his outdoor collection.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Richard Schultz Seating

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Metal

Early Richard Schultz for Knoll Side Desk Chair..early Knoll label
By Knoll, Richard Schultz
Located in Buffalo, NY
A side or desk chair designed by Richard Schultz for Knoll's Art Metal series in the 1960s. Original grey / beige vinyl upholstery with a four star aluminum swivel base.Retains origi...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Richard Schultz Seating

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Aluminum

Richard Schultz seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Richard Schultz seating are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Richard Schultz seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Richard Schultz were created in the modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Norman Cherner, Barbara Barry, and Dakota Jackson. Prices for Richard Schultz seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $895 and can go as high as $16,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,850.

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