Richard Schultz, designer who made the outdoors modern, dies at 95

Richard Schultz, designer who made the outdoors modern, dies at 95

Richard Schultz, the ingenious industrial designer whose furniture collections for Knoll, the design laboratory that streamlined American interiors, are among the classics of modern design, died Sept. 28 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 95. He had been in ill health, his son Peter said. Rust was the catalyst for Schultz’s most enduring design: an elegant, clean-lined outdoor chaise made from plastic mesh, aluminum tubes and a pair of wheels. Florence Knoll, Schultz’s boss, had taken a few metal chairs by sculptor and designer Harry Bertoia to her seaside house in Florida, and they had rusted out. (The Bertoia chairs are another modernist classic, manufactured by Knoll, which Schultz
Richard Schultz, the ingenious industrial designer whose furniture collections for Knoll, the design laboratory that streamlined American interiors, are among the classics of modern design, died Sept. 28 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 95. He had been in ill health, his son Peter said. Rust was the catalyst for Schultz’s most enduring design: an elegant, clean-lined outdoor chaise made from plastic mesh, aluminum tubes and a pair of wheels. Florence Knoll, Schultz’s boss, had taken a few metal chairs by sculptor and designer Harry Bertoia to her seaside house in Florida, and they had rusted out. (The Bertoia chairs are another modernist classic, manufactured by Knoll, which Schultz