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C Collection by Yves Béhar for HBF

C Collection is an adaptable series of furniture and lighting by Yves Béhar for American brand HBF.


The collection won the Editors Award at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York last month.


Here's some info from HBF:



--High Design Thinking Meets High Functionality For A Winning Combination In Contract Furnishings--


HBF’s C Collection, designed by Yves Behar, has won this year’s Editors Award for Furniture Design at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.


The jury included Karen Singh of Interior Design, Julie Lasky of ID, Anniina Koivu of Abitare, Catherine Osborne of Azure, Stefano Casciani of Domus, Sam Grawe of Dwell, Gilda Bojardi of Interni, Chantal Hamaide of Intramuros, Susan Szenasy of Metropolis, Arlene Hirst of Metropolitan Home, and Benjamin Kempton of Wallpaper.


In designing C Collection, Behar of fuseproject has created a bold collection of lounge, reception and private sitting area furnishings for contract furniture manufacturer HBF. The clean lines and contemporary styling of the C Collection integrates practical features such as supreme comfort, pull up work surfaces and complementary lighting to create an efficient and elegant option for the modern workplace.


“My vision for the C Collection was to create simple, uncluttered lines which appear geometrically iconic from any angle; all the while adding a new, seemingly effortless, dimension to modern work spaces,” says Behar. He notes that the C in the collection’s name denotes both the collaborative nature of new work styles, and the curve or single arc that is key to the design of each piece in the line.

HBF’s Director of Design, Kevin Stark believes the functional aspect of the collection reflects new ways in which people interact in today’s workplace, citing changes in technology use and collaborative work cultures. “Private offices and conference rooms will always be critical elements of any office environment,” says Stark. “Now more informal work areas are being added to the mix – and for these, the craft, modernist vision and sheer adaptability of the C Collection work brilliantly.”

Continuing HBF’s commitment to being responsible global citizens, the entire C Collection is crafted throughout in sustainable materials. Metal base options on the lounge seating are standard with a low VOC, powder coat, polished finish and also solid color painted finishes. Frames for Curve lounge seating incorporate Green-Blend – a SCS certified 100% pre-consumer, urea-formaldehyde free, recycled wood fiber panel material – along with Popular plywood and Russian Birch. Soy bio-based HR foam with 12-15% bio-base content is used for seating and emits no harmful VOC’s.

The C Collection was introduced at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 17-20 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City and will be presented during NeoCon, June 9-11 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago -- Suite 387.

Born in Switzerland, Yves Behar is the founder of the San Francisco-based design studio fuseproject. His notable designs include the acclaimed $100 XO laptop computer for Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child organization, as well as the LEAF Light for Herman Miller, shoes for Birkenstock, Y Water, and the Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth headset.

The recipient of numerous awards, Yves Behar’s work has been the subject of two solo exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of many museums throughout the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Musee d’Art Moderne/Pompidou Center in Paris. In addition to his responsibilities at fuseproject, Yves Behar is chairperson of the Industrial Design Program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

HBF and HBF Textiles are leaders in the contract furnishings industry. HBF has an award-winning portfolio of side/conference and guest seating, executive and management seating, lounge seating, occasional tables, conference and casegood products. HBF and HBF Textiles have supplied products to numerous Fortune 500 companies, sport facilities, retailers, hospitality venues and residential customers. HBF and HBF Textiles clients also include many of the country’s leading interior design and architectural firms. HBF Textiles, organized as a division of HBF in 1987, creates distinctive upholstery fabrics and leathers, as well as upholstered wall, drapery and sheer materials, for the contract industry. HBF, a HNI Corporation employs over 300 people at its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Hickory, NC. HBF has showroom representation in North America, England, Hong Kong, China, Japan and the Middle East. Visit us at and