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Jonathan Olivares was born in Boston in 1981 and graduated from Pratt Institute. In 2006 he established his industrial design practice, which is based in Los Angeles. His designs engage a legacy of form and technology, and ask to be used rather than observed. Recent projects include the installations Brujas Training Facility (Performance Space New York, 2018) and Room for a Daybed (Kortrijk Biennale Interieur, 2016); the Aluminum Bench (Zahner, 2015); the Vitra Workspace, an office furniture showroom and learning environment (Vitra, 2015); the exhibition Source Material, curated with Jasper Morrison and Marco Velardi (2014); and the Olivares Aluminum Chair (Knoll, 2012). Olivares’ work has been published internationally, granted 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.


Realized in 2014 and updated periodicaly, this site is a collaborative exploration of the interests, projects, and scrap, which are central to Olivares' practice. It was co-designed and co-edited by Harsh Patel, and features contributions by Caleb J. Adams, David Van Severen, Daniele Ansidei, Florian Bédé, Giovanna Silva, Jinjoo Hwang, Kersten Geers, Konstantin Grcic, Johnston Marklee, Naho Kubota, Narayan Khandekar, Nathan Antolik, Yoo Jean Han and Zoe Ghertner.

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