The complete monograph of the work of Yves Béhar, the world’s leading product designer and design entrepreneur, prepared in close collaboration with the designer himself.
Since founding his studio, Fuseproject, in 1999, Yves Béhar has redefined the role of the designer, expanding his work to include both public-sector and entrepreneurial engagements. In doing so, Béhar has produced groundbreaking, award-winning designs that have had a positive impact on the well-being of people in developing countries and impoverished communities, creating everything from laptops and eyeglasses for children to stylish electronics. His clients have included MIT, BMW, Microsoft, Swarovski, and many more.
A comprehensive retrospective of Béhar’s twenty-year career, this book presents his work in thematic chapters—“Reducing,” “Sensing,” “Transforming,” “Giving,” “Humanizing,” and “Scaling”—and explores over sixty projects in detail through text descriptions, sketches, and exquisite studio photography. O ering thorough insight into the conception, process, and production of some of the most recognized pieces of contemporary design, Yves Béhar: Designing Ideas illuminates the designer’s particular fusion of creativity and commercial savvy, as well as his studio’s expertise in combining social responsibility and entrepreneurial acumen.
Praise For Yves Béhar: Designing Ideas…
350-plus-page wonder cabinet crammed with every kind of project,
product, initiative, and environment imaginable.
You can read it not only as a timeline of Béhar and his two decades with
Fuseproject, but of 21st-century design in general, with its
preoccupations laid out page by page, from tech to lifestyle to
sustainability. The book is unusually conversational (the text
is, in fact, a dialogue-like collaboration with the journalist Adam
Fisher), an amiable and frank journey into the twists and turns of the
— Mark Rozzo - Vanity Fair
A comprehensive retrospective of [Béhar's] 20-year career... In many
ways, this book can be understood as an exploration of what constitutes
design in contemporary culture.
— Fast Company
Thames & Hudson, 9780500519738, 420pp.
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
About the Author
Adam Fisher is a writer and journalist based in San Francisco. He is the author of Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley.