Eight icons of design have joined forces with Orange22 Design Lab to launch the firm's Blank Canvas Project. All of the super high-profile designers have created new editions of Orange22's indoor-outdoor, eco-friendly Botanist furniture. Botanist matches each designer's royalty to a foundation or charity of their choice. The Pixel Burst designed by the Yves Behar, features an explosion of creativity.
What was your inspiration?
Burst of creativity, of self-expression and ideas is what drives us as creatives, so, how does this idea get expressed in a simple visual? We took a literal pattern of an explosion, and reduced it to square pixels...the offsets and size variations creating an abstract, yet recognizable shape of a burst. The resulting drawing is reminiscent of a bright light-spot, a sun...squint your eyes, and the abstract shapes become something bright and optimistic.
Why is it important for you to give back?
I have invested a lot of creative energy and fuseproject studio time in the idea that design can make a difference: beyond the value we create for enterprises and for the users, it is the VALUES we create that have long term impact. This approach has resulted in a few civic projects that we have invested in such as the One Laptop Per Child (100$ laptop) with Nicholas Negroponte, and the New York City Condom and dispensers we have done for the department of Health of NY. Design has a democratizing power, as designers we need to use that power.