Skip to main content directly Skip to Site Search Skip to Footer menus
Turn High Contrast On

Olivares Aluminum Chair

Jonathan Olivares 2012

The Olivares chair brings a refined, sculptural presence to indoor and outdoor environments alike. The gracefully contoured form is carefully shaped to offer maximum comfort and the die cast aluminum shell is available in a palette of bright, contemporary colors.

Retail Price:

Estimated Ship:
Quickship  2-3 weeks
Added item to your shopping cart!


    Construction and Details
    • Suitable for outdoor use
    • Shell is constructed of die-cast aluminum with outdoor powder coat paint
    • Leg tenons are integrated in the shell and a subtle reveal transitions the shell to the extruded aluminum legs
    • Legs are secured to the shell using epoxy and stainless steel fasteners
    • Chairs stack 6 high on the floor
    • Stacking bumper distributes the chair’s weight over a wide area
    • Designer’s signature and the KnollStudio logo are located under the seat
    • Nylon glides included
    • Olivares Aluminum Chair is certified Clean Air GOLD


    Order by Phone

    Interested in finishes, sizes or combinations not available above?
    Call our Home Design Shops to work with an expert and place your customized order.


    NY Home Design Shop
    M-F 11-7, Sat 11-6 EST
    212 343-4190
    Learn More

    LA Home Design Shop
    M-Sat: 10-6pm PST
    310 620-2680
    Learn More

    Knoll Shop Customer Service
    M-F 8-5 EST
    800 343-5665

    Join our Newsletter

    Sign up for our Knoll Shop newsletter for inspiration and updates regarding new products, expanded finishes and upcoming sales and promotions.

    Jonathan Olivares approached the initial product design phase for this outdoor chair with an objective, and not surprisingly taxonomic survey of the category: which ones were too heavy; which were too light; how comfortable were they; how were they produced; and of course, how were they to interact with, to sit with, to live with.

    After a series of experiments with hydro-forming, stamping, and other means of manipulating metal, Olivares and team posed a hypothesis: what if we could cast this chair in a single piece of material — not only for ergonomic comfort, but to reduce cost and make the chair as thin as feasible. Ultimately it was the aluminum supplier that suggested this might work.

    The final chair is composed of a die-cast aluminum body-contoured shell and extruded aluminum legs; plastic connections tie the pieces together and allow the chairs to stack neatly without scratching. The entire form is powder coated with a durable matte finish.

    The chair’s shape evolved in order to maximize structure and hit the sweet spot in terms of weight. Olivares’s team continuously measured against the Bertoia side chair (15 lbs.) until shavings here, adjustments there yielded the perfect weight: the final product is just under 15 lbs. Read More