SAN FRANCISCO (April 7, 2016) — The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today publicly announced the election of Yves Béhar to its Board of Trustees. Béhar was formerly elected in May 2010 as the museum’s third Artist Trustee — a trustee who is elected for a fixed term of three years to represent the artist community and give counsel to the Board. After serving as an Artist Trustee from 2010–2013, this announcement marks Béhar’s transition to a regular member of the board.
A Swiss-born, multi-award-winning designer, Béhar’s relationship with SFMOMA began in 2000, when his work first entered the museum’s collection. His diverse body of design work spans fashion, furniture, healthcare and technology, for both for-profit and non-profit businesses. Béhar is the only designer to win two INDEX: Awards for his civic works, the One Laptop Per Child $100 laptop, and the Ver Bien Aprender Mejor $5 eyeglasses for schoolchildren in Mexico. The principal and founder of fuseproject, a San Francisco-based design and branding firm, Béhar and his team serve clients such as Herman Miller, Movado, Kodak, Samsung, Nike Foundation, Swarovski and MIT Media Lab.
In addition to fuseproject, Béhar is the Co-founder of August, a next generation home entry system, and serves as Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone—a leader in wearable consumer technology.
Previously the Chair of the Industrial Design department at the California College of the Arts (CCA), Béhar is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business. He was most recently recognized as the 2016 Design Miami/Design Visionary of the year, and was deemed the most influential industrial designer in the world by Forbes. In addition to SFMOMA, he has exhibited at MoMA in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and Centre Pompidou in Paris.