A key element, and development, of mid-century modern architecture was the regular inclusion of an outdoor patio. While many of the eras famed designers avoided the space, Richard Schultz made it his own. Schultz joined Knoll in 1951 and from there blossomed into an established furniture designer – his most famous creation is the Petal Table of 1960.

Schultz is currently subject of a small exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Richard Schultz: Five Decades of Design). He is also subject of a short article by Carolyn Kelly in The Magazine Antiques, which is well worth a few moments.

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