Twenty Years On, Yves Béhar’s Designs Still Challenge the Status Quo
The title of Yves Béhar’s new monograph, Designing Ideas (Thames & Hudson), gets straight to the heart of the Swiss designer and entrepreneur’s 20-year career. After founding his San Francisco and New York–based studio Fuseproject, in 1999, Béhar went on to create objects that could transform the lives of those in underserved communities, such as the XO computer, the centerpiece of nonprofit group One Laptop Per Child, which aims to provide learning opportunities to youths in developing countries; and customizable, ergonomic eyeglasses for kids that are distributed through Fuseproject’s See Better to Learn Better program, which provides free optical services to families who can’t afford them. He has also designed pieces for BMW, Microsoft, and Swarovski, among other brands. Reading about the stories behind Béhar’s efforts, it’s clear that he has never stopped challenging the status quo.