Mon, Apr 11 – 2016
Yves Béhar is a designer and entrepreneur who believes that integrated product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is founder and chief designer of the industrial design and branding firm fuseproject, founded in 1999; he is also chief creative officer of Jawbone and co-founder of August, the next-generation home entry system.
Over the past 20 years, Béhar has also pioneered design as force for positive social and environmental change. His humanitarian work includes One Laptop Per Child, which has given 2.5 million laptops to children in developing countries, and See Better to Learn Better, which distributes 500,000 corrective eyeglasses to schoolchildren in Mexico and California every year. For each of these he was honored with the INDEX Award, making him the only designer to receive it twice. He also spearheads SPRING, an accelerator supporting African entrepreneurs focused on social and economic change in East Africa.
His collaborations with partners such as Herman Miller, Movado, Puma, Prada, SodaStream, Samsung, Swarovski, Canal+, and many others have received international acclaim. He is widely recognized for products that establish new categories, such as the JAMBOX wireless speaker, Jawbone UP sleep and fitness tracker, Herman Miller Sayl task chair, and SodaStream Source.
Béhar’s works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, and Art Institute of Chicago. He is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability, technology, and entrepreneurship; he has given talks at TED, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Béhar was selected as the artist trustee of the board of directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has garnered more than 300 awards, including the Design Miami/ 2015 Design Visionary Award, the London Design Museum’s Design of the Year, Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award, IDSA Design of the Decade Award, IDA Product Design of the Year, and Condé Nast Traveller Designer of the Year. Behar was named a Top 25 Visionary by Time and was recently deemed “Most Influential Industrial Designer in the World” byForbes.
Mon April 11 , 2016 - 08:00AM