Everyone dreams of making the world a better place. Some, like Yves Béhar, have made it their mission and the goal of their lives and work. Born in Switzerland, he studied in California and, imbued with the innovative West Coast free spirit, he always looks beyond the present. It was there, in San Francisco in 1999, that he set up Fuseproject, essentially a workshop for innovative ideas and sustainable scenarios. It has spawned humanitarian projects, such as those for the non-profit organization One Laptop per Child: a series of laptops for children that has revolutionized the educational systems of several countries, to the extent that XO has been printed on Rwandan banknotes and Uruguayan stamps. There’s also the Spring Accelerator program, which supports developing businesses geared to improving the lives of adolescents. His projects are designed to be tangible and, especially, helpful solutions. Projects that make a difference. His multidisciplinary outlook has seen him put his name to products by brands from a variety of different sectors – from the early Silicon Valley high-tech clients such as Apple and Hewlett Packard to the sporting and fashion world with Puma, Prada, and Issey Miyake, technology with Samsung and Vodafone, furnishing for Herman Miller and lighting for Swarovski; the French television network Canal + and for innovative companies such as August (of which he is a co-founder, turning the company into a leader in the home access category), FORME Life and Happiest Baby Snoo. These objects – from the mirror/fitness portal to the robotic furniture for tiny apartments and the Sodastream drinks carbonator - invite the user to engage with them, in other words, to interact physically or digitally with them for a sensory and emotional full immersion experience.
He has been the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum which holds his work in its permanent collection, and the Design Visionary award from Design Miami