Moses Richard Schultz was born on September 22, 1926, in Lafayette, Indiana.[2] After studying at Iowa State University and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago,[3] Schultz joined Knoll in 1951 as a designer, to work with Harry Bertoia.[3][4] He initially assisted on working on the Bertoia Wire Collection at Knoll.[4]

He 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.[5] He left Knoll in 1972 to freelance[6] until founding Richard Schultz Designs in Palm, Pennsylvania, with his son, Peter in 1992.[7][1]

Significant designs over the years include the Leisure Collection (1966), Petal Table (1960),[8] and Wire Mesh Chaise (1963)[9] for Knoll, and the Topiary Chair (1989)[10] for his own company.

It was reported that as of March, 2012, Knoll bought the Richard Schultz company.[11][12]

Schultz died on September 28, 2021, in Princeton, New Jersey.[2]

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