Richard Schultz's aluminum Topiary chairs were created to blend right into the garden, like the whimsically clipped shrubs they imitate. Designed in 1992, the collection has been offered in sedate forest green or silver gray. The artfully cut-out surfaces made the chairs all but disappear in their own dappled shade.
But this spring, the former Knoll furniture designer and his son, Peter, "woke up to the possibility of color," explained Peter Schultz, who was showing off the collection at this week's Neocon furniture trade show in Chicago. Borrowing still from the outdoors, the Schultzes transformed the chairs with finishes in sky blue, yellow, light green and terra cotta.
Available through designers or from http://www.richardschultz.com (215-679-2222).