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  • Writer's pictureSara Fattori


It seems like yesterday, yet it was 1979, that I was blessed to have one of my first interior design internships. It was located in a special place in the country in Belmont, Michigan, just outside of Grand Rapids. As I look back over the years, I realize how much this experience influenced and impacted my life as a designer.

As I was absorbing all aspects of design, I was able to experience the comfort of relaxing and working around Herman Miller and Knoll furniture. It also provided me the opportunity to work with two amazingly talented individuals Steve Frykholm and Nancy Phillips.

Below are a few of my favorite midcentury classic lounge chairs in their original "investment quality" production. Steve and Nancy's home was filled with beautiful furniture, including the Richard Schultz 1966 Outdoor lounge chair below.

In 1966, When Florence Knoll retired to Florida, she asked Richard Schultz to design outdoor furniture that could withstand the corrosive ocean air. The 1966 collection is regarded as the first modern outdoor furniture and remains a classic investment. Available in several colors.

At the time, I was amazed at the comfort in all this furniture as it certainly does not look comfortable. Because they are all well-designed classics, they all remain fresh and current.

Richard Schultz 1966 Outdoor Lounge Chair
Richard Schultz 1966 Outdoor Lounge Chair

The Eames Chaise (above) is soft, comfortable, and just 18 inches wide. When you lie on it, you naturally fold your arms over your chest. Should you doze off, your arms soon fall to your sides, waking you up and then like Einstein, remembering your dream. It's a beautiful place to relax for a spell in a study, den, or executive office. Museum-quality modern furniture can easily blend in a traditional interior.

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