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Yves Behar is a thinker, and one thing he thinks about a lot is the future. You can see it in his designs which range from laptops, to shoes, a refined headset for cell phones, and his latest Leaf personal light for Herman Miller. Behar states, "I believe design's purpose is not only to show us the future, but to bring us the future.” Having grown up in a bicultural home, influenced both by his East German mother and Turkish father, he gained both functional and modern inspirations as well as expressive and poetic. Because of this childhood he says, "I always try to marry the two in all of my projects." The founder of fuseproject, an organization "dedicated to the emotional experience of brands through storytelling,” Behar explains that "In Europe, it is double nature to evaluate objects based on how they work and how they look," and he is trying to bring this inspiration to every continent.
With that said, as a relatively young designer, Behar has amassed a remarkable career. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design he immediately began working in Silicon Valley for Apple, and has since branched out to include projects in the areas of sport, apparel, technology, and furnishings. He is truly a “multi-disciplinary designer of our time,” receiving numerous prestigious awards such as the National Design Award from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, Time Magazine’s Best Invention Award for 2001, and two solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Musee de Design et D’arts Appliques Contemporains.