Jonathan Olivares | Chaise for Hallingdal 65

Curated by Jeffrey Bernett

What if a piece of fabric wanted to relax? How might it like to take a rest? Would it sit down? If so how would the piece of fabric like to be seated? These were the questions Jonathan Olivares and his team asked themselves when faced with the Hallingdal 65 brief.

Since fabric is normally used to upholster furniture designed for humans, Olivares thought it would be a fitting gesture to instead make a piece of furniture designed only to hold a piece of fabric. Chaise for Hallingdal 65 consists of a structure of aluminium castings and profiles that allows a roll of fabric to drape naturally, stretch out, and maybe even... relax.


American Jonathan Olivares graduated from Pratt Institute and in 2006 he established Jonathan Olivares Design Research (JODR), an office based in Los Angeles that works in the fields of industrial, spatial and communication design. His designs engage a legacy of form and technology, and ask to be used rather than observed.

Olivares’ work has been published internationally, granted several design awards—including Italy’s Compasso d'Oro—and supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts through two grants.