SVA MA Design Research

SVA MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism1 is a one-year graduate program2
devoted to the study of design, its contexts & consequences.
Our graduates have gone on to pursue research-related careers in publishing, education, museums, institutes, design practice, entrepreneurship, & more.3

  1. Formerly known as D-Crit
  2. About the program
  3. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. All successful candidates awarded a significant scholarship!
SVA MA Design Research

136 W 21st St, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011





(212) 592-2228

Jonathan Olivares, “Working with Jonathan Olivares” – SVA MA Design Research

Jonathan Olivares, “Working with Jonathan Olivares”

A self-described autodidact, Jonathan Olivares will discuss the process and thinking behind three of his office’s projects: A Taxonomy of Office Chairs published by Phaidon Press; Smith, a multi-purpose home-office cart designed for Danese Milano in 2007; and the exhibition “Useless: An Exploded View,” curated and designed for the EXD design Biennial in Lisbon.

Jonathan Olivares’ multi-disciplinary practice comprises industrial design, research, writing, and exhibition design. The office has designed furniture for Danese Milano and Knoll Inc. and exhibitions for Nouveau Musée National Monaco, CENTRO Diseño Cine Television in Mexico City, and the EXD design Biennial in Lisbon. Research projects have included a survey of the American furniture industry for Domus, an installation explaining some of the spatial effects of mobile devices for the 2010 St. Étienne Design Biennial, and a four-year investigation of office chairs which culminated in the book A Taxonomy of Office Chairs (Phaidon Press, 2011).