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2014 Star Award Winner: YABU PUSHELBERG

Canadian firm Yabu Pushelberg has just been announced the winner of the International Interior Design Association Star Award.

This award recognizes a person or organization’s lasting impacts on the design industry and community, include Charles and Ray Eames and Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum at the Smithsonian.

Founded in 1980 by Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu, Yabu Pushelberg maintains a focus on design and project management, specializing in interior, furniture and product design for the hospitality and retail industries.

Yabu Pushelberg is well known for integrating artwork, curated or commissioned, into its interior design. “We are good at drawing out creativity to fit into the context of what we are working on, while allowing room for our collaborators to express themselves,” Pushelberg says. The two have given high-visibility commissions to artists like Toronto’s Dennis Lin and Montreal ceramicist Pascale Girardin.

Get to know some of the Yabu Pushelberg ‘s work:

Yabu-Pushelberg-The-Pump Room at the Public Chicago

The Pump Room at the Public Chicago.


The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

The Yabu Pushelberg design aproach can be described as “de-luxe-ing”, by which they mean simplifying, paring down, unembellishing. “the consumer is beginning to see ‘more design’ as undesirable,” Pushelberg suggests.


 db Bistro Moderne, Miami.


The London Edition

The restaurant boasts an array of circular booths that are iconic to the Ian Schrager design aesthetic. Dusty rose colored chairs and taupe walls are inspired by paintings by Johannes Vermeer. The walls are covered with an eclectic mix of landscapes, still life, and portraits, all in gilt frames, curated by Trunk Archive from a private collection.

Resources and images: Interior Design, Nuvo Magazine

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