A laptop for children in developing countries, the earliest objects in the internet of things, televisions concealed as art, robotic rooms for small spaces – Yves Béhar has redefined the role of the designer for the 21st century.
Blending social responsibility with entrepreneurship, a start-up sensibility with high-profile commissions, San Francisco–based Béhar and his studio fuseproject have altered the landscape of designed objects that fill our houses, sense our daily activities, improve disadvantaged lives, and enhance everyday experience. This is the first complete overview of his work, covering twenty productive years, with the stories of how each project evolved from a wide range of inspirations, rigorous research, personal connection and perfectionism to produce an unparalleled body of work that has touched the lives of millions.
'A 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 design process'
'Captures Behar’s peerless ability to shape and direct how a product or service can best be streamlined for our new era of digitally driven, algorithmically guided consumption … Behar believes strongly in design’s transformative power'