A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

by Jonathan Olivares

Hardback Publication Date: 02/04/2011

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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is an exhaustive visual history of the office chair.

The book illustrates over 180 of the most innovative office chairs, from the 1840s to the present, includes a huge selection of technical drawings, and an essay by designer and design consultant Jonathan Olivares.

The book dissects the design of the office chair into its separate elements and categorises and orders these into the ultimate visual evolution of the design of the modern office chair.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs is the first and only book to catalogue the development of a single product design typology in this exacting way and is therefore a significant contribution to the field of design research.

The book will be an invaluable tool for anyone commissioning, buying or designing an office chair.

ISBN:
9780714861036
9780714861036
Category:
Furniture design
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
02-04-2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Phaidon Press Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
240
Dimensions (mm):
228x171x28mm
Weight:
0.61kg
Jonathan Olivares

Jonathan Olivares was born in Boston in 1981, graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, and is based in Los Angeles.

His work across the fields of industrial and spatial design engages a legacy of form and technology, and asks to be used rather than observed.

Recent projects include the Aluminum Bench, for Zahner (2015); the Vitra Workspace, an interactive office showroom for Vitra (2015); and the Aluminum Chair, for Knoll (2012).

Olivares work has been published internationally, and he has been the recipient of the Compasso d'Oro and two grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

His book A Taxonomy of Office Chairs, was published by Phaidon Press (2011).

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