Jonathan Olivares

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Jonathan Olivares’s Book List

Each of these five books have altered my position on design and design research—they are staples in my library. In an interview, the filmmaker Harmony Korine once stated that two people can see the same movie, and one will walk out thinking about popcorn while the other walks out thinking about fascism. I have no idea what these books might prompt from another reader, but I’ve given my popcorn here.

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Andres Janser
Arthur Rüegg

I found this book in the gift shop of the Neue Galerie in New York ten years ago, while I was a student, and it has consistently remained one of my favorites. The book explores the film Die neue Wohnung, which Richter did on commission from the Swiss Werkbund, and which functioned to promote modern furniture. The book features stills from the film comparing people living with antiquated furniture to people living with modern furniture. Seeing users in action, their movements guided by architecture and furniture, led me to see design as a kind of choreography.

Richard Knight
Foreword by Cesar Pelli

This is a book of photographs taken by Richard Knight during his time working in Eero Saarinen’s office in the 1950s up until Saarinen’s death in 1961. The photographs show Saarinen and his associates in deeply focused work, taping models, scrutinizing their designs, and discussing ideas. The models are at once ambitious, some in a scale so large that they occupied entire rooms, and loose, erected quickly to test and further ideas. An incredible sense of play, but serious play, comes across from seeing these grown men in suits crouching around scale buildings and mounting their drawings to the walls. The craft of it all is enviable.

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