Yves Behar (b. 1967), Switzerland.
Yves Behar was born in Lausanne Switzerland in 1967. He grew up in a bi-cultural home, influenced by his East German mother and Turkish father. "One is functional and modernist and the other, expressive and poetic," he says. "I always try to marry the two in my projects." Yves Behar is an Industrial designer and founder of Fuseproject, the San Francisco-based design and branding firm he founded in 1999. He is considered a leading figure in the industrial design.
Yves Behar is a thinker. And one thing he thinks about a lot is the future. You can see it in his designs--from his reflective red-lacquered laptop for Toshiba to his elegant closed-toe Footprints for Birkenstock to his refined Aliph Jawbone Headset for cell phones. "I believe design's purpose is not only to show us the future, but to bring us the future," he states.
For a relatively young designer, he has had a remarkable career. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, he started out working with high tech Silicon Valley clients such as Apple and Hewlett Packard, eventually gravitating into the sport, apparel, technology and furniture arenas.