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    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 and 10 high on optional dolly
    • 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
    • GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®
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    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



    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.



    Photograph: Yoo Jean Han