Richard Schultz was born in 1926 in Lafayette, Indiana. He studied mechanical engineering and design and in 1951 joined Knoll international and began working closely with the sculptor Harry Bertoia on the development and challenging production issues associated with the now classic Bertoia wire chair collection. This project led to an 18 month assignment in Europe initiating Bertoia production with Knoll subsidiaries and licensees. Upon returning, he rejoined the Knoll design development group in Pennsylvania. Initial ideas for a petal table and a wire-framed chaise were expanded and extraordinarily refined in the leisure collection introduced in 1967. His technical ability, knowledge of materials and of manufacturing process always are at battle and in balance with his strong instincts and background as a sculptor of graceful forms. Richard Schultz's 1966 Collection, including the addition of Swell, is manufactured by furniture group B&B Italia.