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Jonathan Olivares was born in Boston in 1981 and graduated from Pratt Institute. In 2006 he established his practice, which is based in Los Angeles and works in the fields of industrial, spatial and communication design. His designs engage a legacy of form and technology, and ask to be used rather than observed. Recent projects include the installation Room for a Daybed (2016); the Aluminum Bench, for Zahner (2015); the Vitra Workspace, an office furniture showroom and learning environment for Vitra (2015); the exhibition Source Material, curated with Jasper Morrison and Marco Velardi (2014); and the Olivares Aluminum Chair, for Knoll (2012). Olivares’ work has been published internationally, granted several design awards—including Italy’s Compasso d'Oro—and is included in the permanent design collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Vitra Design Museum.
Olivares's work engages a legacy of form and technology, and asks to be used rather than observed. Leah Whitman-Salking wrote of him in Kaleidoscope: “Aesthetically, his works seldom resort to fanfare, privileging use-value and tenderness over showmanship. His slow-and-steady style, combined with his personal resolve, produces humble results worth looking out for.”
Realized in 2014 and updated periodicaly, this site is a collaborative exploration of the interests, projects, and scrap, which are central to Olivares' work. It was co-designed and co-edited by Harsh Patel, and features contributions by Caleb J. Adams, David Van Severen, Daniele Ansidei, Don Chadwick, Florian Bédé, Giovanna Silva, Jinjoo Hwang, Kersten Geers, Konstantin Grcic, Johnston Marklee, Marco Velardi, Narayan Khandekar, Nathan Antolik, Ramak Fazel, Yoo Jean Han and Zoe Ghertner.