Yves Béhar


San Francisco / United States

Born in 1967 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Yves Béhar initiated his studies in his hometown. He then moved to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he began working as a lead designer for Frog Design and Lunar Design. He founded his own office, Fuseproject, in San Francisco in 1999. Fuseproject's work is based on the idea of shaping a multidisciplinary laboratory of innovative ideas and sustainable scenarios. This approach gives rise to humanitarian projects like the laptops-for-children initiative developed for the non-profit One Laptop per Child. The multidisciplinary nature of Yves Béhar's practise is also evident in his client portfolio, which ranges from tech brands like Apple and Hewlett Packard to fashion brands like Puma, Birkenstock, Prada and Issey Miyake; pure technology brands like General Electric, MINI, Samsung, Toshiba and Vodafone; and such organizations as UNESCO, the Berkeley Art Museum and the City of New York. In the furniture and design fields, he collaborates with Herman Miller, Swarovski, Danese and Yale.

Among Béhar's most representative projects for Herman Miller is Public Office Landscape. This office furniture system completely rethinks the idea of collaboration and flexibility using modular surfaces, storage systems and seating that can be configured in different ways to move seamlessly from individual to group work. For Swarovski, the Swiss designer created Mini Voyage, a reduced version of the Swarovski Crystal Palace chandelier, a 4.5-metre structure installed at New York's JFK airport as an allegory for the continuous movement of travel. With Danese, he designed the Farallon system of chairs and tables that share the same structural principle - chrome legs support a thin metal top accompanying the movement of the surfaces. For Yale, on the other hand, Béhar designed the Linus smart lock, conceived according to universal design principles, effective in Europe and the Middle East and Africa and capable of transmitting simplicity, reliability, and high quality in every aspect.

Béhar recently worked with Thames & Hudson to publish Yves Béhar: Designing Ideas, a comprehensive retrospective of his twenty-year career that explores over sixty projects, offering an in-depth look at the conception, process, and production of some of the most recognizable pieces of contemporary design. Yves Béhar's long list of accolades includes the prestigious National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, where his work is included in the permanent collection. In 2004 he exhibited his work in two solo shows, one at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the other at the Musée de Design et D'Arts Appliques Contemporains in Lausanne, Switzerland. ... More ... less
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