Yves Behar is the founder of the San Francisco design studio, fuseproject. Yves is focused on humanistic design and the “giving” element of his profession, with the goal of creating projects that are deeply in-tune with the needs of a sustainable future, connected with human emotions and enable self-expression.
For Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organization, fuseproject designed the world’s first $100 “XO” laptop aimed at bringing education and technology to the world’s poorest children. Yves’ commercial projects set out to be equally impactful as exemplified by the Herman Miller LEAF Lamp, the Aliph Jawbone and, most recently, Y Water.
Yves’ work has been the subject of two solo exhibitions and resides in the permanent collections of international museums worldwide, including MOMA and the Musee d’Art Moderne/Pompidou Center.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious National Design Award for Industrial Design celebrating design as a ‘vital humanistic tool shaping the world’—awarded by Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum. He has also received the INDEX: Design to Improve Life, “Community” award for his role in creating the "XO" laptop.
In addition to his responsibilities at fuseproject, Yves acts as Chairperson of the Industrial Design program at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco and he has taken on creative, business-partner roles at Aliph Jawbone and other client-companies.