(August, the lock system that recognizes the homeowner, is one of his latest inventions.) This is Yves’s first house—but probably not his last.
“It’s the house as experiment,” says the architect David Adjaye, a close friend.
Her mother, Serena Ventura, was a Mondavi, the family that made California wine-making famous, and as a child, Sabrina spent summers in Napa Valley with her Mondavi grandmother, who had sold her interest in the wine business early.
She was happy to return home, having just broken up with her long-term boyfriend. “I was terrified I’d meet somebody in New York, because I realized I might end up having kids and settling down, and I did not want to do it there.” The day she arrived back in San Francisco, she went to her father’s Fourth of July party in West Marin and got talking to Yves Béhar, who invited her to go surfing a week later.
“It’s about the idiosyncrasies of Yves, with lessons that I’m sure will become part of the way the world is made, because he’s a radical thinker and he’s thinking about the future.”Sabrina, 39, an art adviser with a sense of mission and a lot of high-spirited, irresistible energy, has done what so many before her failed to do—introduce contemporary art to the tech community in Silicon Valley. Its Museum of Modern Art has just reopened after a three-year renovation and expansion by Snøhetta.
Several New York galleries, including Gagosian, have established San Francisco branches, and so have a number of fashion houses.
“I knew what I wanted to do at the age of sixteen,” he says.
He graduated in 1991 from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and within a few years he founded Fuseproject, his own industrial design–and–brand management firm, with offices in San Francisco and New York.
Herman Miller, Movado, Samsung, and Prada are among his many high-profile clients.