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Wish Lists of Yves Béhar and Lindsey Adelman (and Other Vital Details)

As published in GRAY magazine No. 60




VITALS

Designers Lindsey Adelman and Yves Béhar have each had a series of light-bulb moments throughout their careers. For the New York–based Adelman, who started designing one-of-a-kind lighting in 2006, most of those moments have been literal. Known for her use of organic shapes and hand-wrought materials such as blown glass, she has created iconic pieces including the Branching Bubble chandeliers and the linear Agnes collection. Béhar, who founded his industrial design and brand-development firm, Fuseproject, in 1999, is known for his inventiveness and creativity in problem-solving. From wearable technology to the world’s first smart bassinet, his creations constantly push the limits of design, combining a keen sense of humor with the desire to help change the world.

wall sconce with 2 round glass globes and gold chain
Lindsey Adelman, Swag sconce, Paradise collection.

INDUSTRY

Yves Béhar: Product design, built environment

Lindsey Adelman: Lighting design


DESIGN STYLE

YB: Integrated, holistic, rooted in optimism

LA: Intuitive

DESIGNS WHAT

YB: “Firsts”

LA: Lighting

STUDIO LOCATION

YB: San Francisco

LA: New York City and Los Angeles

FIRST PRODUCT

YB: Space Scent perfume bottles (shown, right)

LA: Lunette, a clip-on lamp shade

PRODUCT MOST KNOWN FOR

YB: Sayl chair for Herman Miller (shown, right)

LA: Branching Bubble chandelier

Lindsey Adel Branching Bubble chandelier smoke glass round globes on brass arms
Branching Bubble chandelier.

DREAM COLLABORATION

YB: Working with scientists and visionaries to change the worlds of healthcare, transportation, sustainability, and social good

LA: A NYC subway car takeover

BIGGEST INSPIRATION

YB: The idiosyncrasies of modern life

LA: Mother Nature

WISH LIST

YB: An updated and electrified 1970 Honda Vamos, a portable, James Turrell–designed Skyspace, and a Bazaar sofa by Superstudio Group

LA: A Rick Owens seasonal subscription

BEST ADVICE RECEIVED

YB: Pain is temporary, suck is forever.

LA: Leave a party while you’re having a good time.

Baby sleeping in smart technology bassinet
Snoo robotic bassinet designed by Yves Béhar and fuseproject.

FUTURE OF DESIGN

YB: A balance of technical breakthroughs with the preservation of human values, e.g., helpful robots and compassionate AI

LA: In one word: dematerialization



Photographed by Justin Buell, courtesy fuseprojects; courtesy Lindsey Adelman Studio; Nigel Cox; Lauren Coleman


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