The powerhouse founders of design firm Yabu Pushelberg on reimagining luxury – and their practice
Strength to Strength: Inside the Minds of George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg
By Cherry Lai
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg met in design school at Ryerson University in their hometown of Toronto back in the mid-1970s. Little did they realise then that more than four decades on, they’d be partners in life and work – and that they’d have created one of the world’s most illustrious architectural and design firms, Yabu Pushelberg.
Founded in 1980, the company is now present in 19 countries, with countless iconic projects under its belt, including the Four Seasons Kuwait, the Park Hyatt New York, the London Edition, Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford in IFC Mall and New York’s Bergdorf Goodman.
Celebrated for their rich, personalised narrative quality and a sleek, sculptural elegance, the duo have in recent years transposed their sensibility into realms spanning furniture, lighting, apparel and styling, ushering the firm into a full-fledged creative agency that redefines modern luxury through a “complete, holistic” lens. On a recent visit to Hong Kong, George and Glenn sat down with us to chat about the firm’s metamorphosis and its latest landmark works, which include the newly minted Rosewood Guangzhou, the tallest five-star hotel in the world, as well as the second Raffles hotel in Singapore.
Scroll through the below for a rare glimpse into the minds and work of these design titans – in their own words: