Jonathan Olivares was born in Boston in 1981 and graduated from Pratt Institute. In 2006 he established his practice in Los Angeles and works in industrial, spatial, and communication design. His designs engage a legacy of form and technology, asking 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.