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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.

Clients of the practice include Knoll, Kvadrat, Nike, Vitra and Zahner. Recent projects include 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 is a visiting professor at ÉCAL in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work has been published internationally, granted several design awards—including Italy’s Compasso d'Oro—and supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Olivares's work engages a legacy of form and technology, and asks to be used rather than observed. The quarterly art and culture magazine Kaleidoscope wrote of him: “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-edited and co-designed by Harsh Patel and features contributions by David Van Severen, Daniele Ansidei, Florian Bédé, Giovanna Silva, Jinjoo Hwang, Johnston Marklee, Marco Velardi, Nathan Antolik, Ramak Fazel, Yoo Jean Han and Zoe Ghertner.

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