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Leaf Personal Light

A work made of steel, aluminum, and plastic.
© Herman Miller Inc., LEAF® Herman Miller Inc.

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  • A work made of steel, aluminum, and plastic.




Yves Béhar
Swiss, born 1967

Manufactured by Herman Miller
American, founded 1923

About this artwork

Commonly used in exit signs and traffic lights, LEDs have become increasingly popular among lighting designers due to their small size, energy efficiency, durability, and range of colors and effects. Merging the advantages of LED technology with a humanistic approach to design, Yves Béhar and his San Francisco– based company fuseproject collaborated with Herman Miller to create an advanced task light that redefined LED capability. LED lamps usually become too hot to touch, but the Leaf’s carefully engineered sculptural aluminum body acts as a heat dissipation system, making the lamp cool to the touch without the use of a fan. Moreover, the design’s bendable arms and touch-sensitive controls allow the user to choose the light intensity and color according to functional need, mood, or location.


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Architecture and Design


Yves Béhar (Designer)


Leaf Personal Light

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Made 2006


Steel, aluminum, and plastic


53.1 × 58.2 × 22.1 cm (20 15/16 × 22 15/16 × 8 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.

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© Herman Miller Inc., LEAF® Herman Miller Inc.

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