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Posts Tagged ‘Yves Béhar’

Herman Miller Wants You to Be Yourself

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The Leaf Light seems to have ushered in more than just an era of Yves-worship. Herman Miller has launched an entire line based on the simple and sustainable premise, the Be Collection:

The wide-ranging portfolio includes an innovative personal heating/cooling unit (above), a pair of Yves Behar-designed lights, an enhancement of Herman Miller’s revolutionary Babble voice privacy technology, as well as new personal organization, and paper management tools. New keyboard platforms and monitor arms with a fresh approach to design and environmentally friendly materials complete the collection.

Visit the Be Collection site, or, if you’d like to be introduced to the collection and have a catchy whistled tune stuck in your head all day, watch this pretty little animation with illustrations by Felix Sockwell.

Design Week & ICFF Wrap Ups

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While it may have seemed it was all about lines and more lines (not that kind, you filthy little animal), ICFF & Design Week are slowly petering out and the city is returning to a place where Tobias Wong doesn’t offer cigarettes on the sidewalk and we don’t stalk Yves Behar (nearly as much).

BusinessWeek talks to some of the folks we chatted with pre-game to get their post-game thoughts, while Piers Fawkes gives his two trendy cents. No surprises really: It’s big, it’s American, it’s spilling over into the ‘hoods, and more people are focusing on sustainability, although not nearly enough. We’ll tell you, though, there was one thing that surprised even us this year–the voracious, near-rabid attendance, media frenzy and blog coverage surrounding what’s basically…a trade show? Some PR company doesn’t have to work very much the rest of the year, do they?

Another interesting thought crossed our mailbox early this week, from Sir Steven Heller:

What I’d like to see out of Design Week is a NEW presence for graphic design. The field is in a slump, in large part because its overshadowed by all these other media that, in my humble opinion, have usurped elements of graphic design.

Could it be true? Is graphic (and web, and product, and design thinking, and whatever else have you) missing out on a tremendous opportunity to bank on the Design-ness of the week? Might all the forgotten fields have a chance to redeem themselves during–gasp–National Design Week?

We think it’s too late, really. The pretty chairs have stolen the show.

Saturday Round Up: Dutch, Green and Yves!

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Friday’s parties certainly didn’t slow down Saturday’s coverage. Here’s a quick recap from our satellite offices…

Core77 has Danish Crafts, and the stunning design school roundup, including an interview with CCA chair Yves Behar, looking as pretty as ever even though he’s shorn a bit of the curls since we saw him last.

MoCoLoco toured the Javits floor. NOTCOT has hundreds of photos up. If you’re preparing to throw down for some design, preview the goods that await you at the designboom mart for all your cassette tape/wallet needs.

HauteGREEN continues to cook with events all weekend–don’t forget inhabitat & HauteGREEN’s Reclaiming Design (with Tejo Remy from Droog and Dwell’s Sam Grawe) tonight at 5pm.

T+L Awards the Best Design Near and Far

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This year, using an initial in your company name was the key to victory for Travel+Leisure’s Design Awards (in alphabetical order):

Best Large Hotel: G Hotel, Galway, Ireland
Best Resort: W Maldives
Best Travel Gear: Y‘s Mandarina

Other than those letter-perfect winners, Alessi’s new flagship store took top retail honors, and the widely-praised Serpentine Solar Shuttle in London was named best transportation. Ian Schrager is the mag’s first-ever Design Champion.

The illustrious jury featured Sheila Bridges, Rob Forbes, Cathy Leff, Craig Robins, Kate Spade, Robert A.M. Stern, consulting editor Chee Pearlman, and, of course, Yves “We fantasize about you when we use our Slingbox” Behar.

CCA Celebrates the Big C at SFMOMA

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Is your school featured in a major museum exhibition this year? The slick students (and grads, and faculty) at California College of the Arts are the focus of two big shows at SFMOMA celebrating the school’s 100th anniversary.

“California College of the Arts at 100: Innovation by Design” features 40 objects by Yves “Hot Like Butterscotch” Behar, Rama Chorpash (knives above, we love), dresscode, Thom Faulders, IwamotoScott, Kuth/Ranieri, Jennifer Morla, Bruce Tomb, and Volume Inc., among others.

The second show, “California College of the Arts at 100: Fertile Ground” features design created for the school by folks like Bob Aufuldish, Michael Cronan, Mark Fox, Lucille Tenazas, and Michael Vanderbyl, and architectural models and drawings by local architects Jim Jennings and Mark Horton.

Both shows open March 23 at SFMOMA, watch the site for details.

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