I spent the past several months working on this profile of Yves Behar, Silicon Valley's go-to industrial designer.
Nearly every design winds up being a compromise of some sort. The plastic you want turns out to be too expensive, or the casing needs to be bigger to fit all the sensors, or there’s a seam running along the bottom because working from a single sheet of metal proves to be impossible. (The seam underneath the Big Jambox, which is the first Behar object I ever bought and still probably my favorite, continues to bother him.) In the case of the final Fan TV remote, though, any compromises are obscured. It’s a glossy, white, touch-enabled pebble that fits neatly in the hand. It snaps, via magnet, onto the accompanying set-top box, and the shape of the remote mirrors that of the box. Behar objects often make ingenious use of textures, causing their look to change slightly depending on the light. The result is often a thing you feel compelled to touch. Most remote controls you want to hurl across the room in frustration; this one you want to slip in your pocket.