The Petal Tables were originally designed by Richard Schultz to accompany the Bertoia Chairs that Harry Bertoia designed for Knoll.
The tops on these tables are made of eight petals, which are mounted on a beautifully crafted powder coated aluminum spider. Richard Schultz was inspired by Queen Anne’s Lace, a weed that grows near his house in Pennsylvania. Each cluster of flowers is supported on its own stem. By making a table in this manner there is no need for a ring support, and each petal is independent which allows the table to expand and contract with the weather. The Petal Tables were introduced by Knoll in Los Angeles in 1960 and were immediately made part of the MoMA Design Collection.