Jonathan Olivares (b. 1981) graduated from Pratt Institute’s industrial design program in 2004, after having studied design and management at the New School University. In 2006 he established Jonathan Olivares Design Research (JODR), an office dedicated to industrial design, exhibitions, and design related research and writing. The office’s clients include leading producers of contemporary furniture and lighting, distinguished museums for design and art, and publications on design and architecture. In 2008 and 2009 JODR products Smith and Territorio were nominated for Italy’s prestigious Compasso d’Oro prize, and in 2010 JODR received a research grant from the Graham Foundation in Chicago for a study on outdoor workspaces.
Olivares has taught design workshops at ÉCAL in Lausanne, Switzerland and has been a guest designer in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Designed Objects MFA program. In 2011 the office’s first book, A Taxonomy of Office Chairs, which documents the evolution of the office chair, was published by Phaidon Press.
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