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Knoll Designer Bios

Jonathan Olivares

b. Boston, 1981

After graduating from Pratt Institute and the New School, Jonathan Olivares established his own design studio Jonathan Olivares Design Research (JODR) in 2006. The firm deploys a multi-angle approach to product and exhibition design, and research.

For the research arm of his design consultancy, Olivares has completed an analysis of the American furniture industry for Domus, and a survey of the history of office chairs, supported by Knoll, and published in 2011 by Phaidon as “A Taxonomy of Office Chairs.” For the Olivares Aluminum Chair, developed for Knoll, Olivares eventually specified a die-cast aluminum shell, a technique that allows for optimum comfort, durability, and weight.

JODR recently designed and presented 2012 exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago entitled “The Outdoor Office” which featured the consultancy’s findings about the design of outdoor work environments. JODR has also designed furniture for Danese Milano and Driade.