Swiss-born designer and entrepreneur Yves Béhar and OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu joined Surface editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey Tuesday afternoon at Casa Faena in Miami Beach for Design Dialogues No. 30. Presented in partnership with Perrier-Jouët’s prestige cuvée champagne, Belle Époque, it was held next door to the recently opened OMA-designed Faena Forum.
Shigematsu talked about the public vs. private makeup of modern cultural venues. “It’s definitely changing, museums are becoming more and more public,” he said, and noted the amount of space that recently built cultural institutions have given to public programming rather than typical exhibitions. “The gallery space is half now.”
Béhar, whose work spans everything from the One Laptop Per Child project to the recently debuted shared workspace Canopy in San Francisco, discussed the multifaceted ethos of his firm Fuseproject. “The ’90s era of design specialization never led to great results,” he said. Despite the wide range of projects that the firm takes on, Béhar believes it all comes down to approach: “The best designers are great editors of their own work.”