George Yabu

Interior Designer; Product/Industrial Designer / Canada; United States / Yabu Pushelberg

The firm of Yabu Pushelberg has specialized in luxury interior design with a focus on the hospitality, restaurant, and retail industries for over 30 years. Its work, which also includes some private residences and a line of furniture, extends from New York to Hong Kong and includes clients like Ian Schrager Company, Barney’s, Printemps, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and Four Seasons Hotels. The firm has been honored with the Platinum Circle Award for its exceptional achievement in the hospitality industry as well as with the James Beard Foundation Award for excellence in restaurant design. Partners George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg were voted among the “101 people you must meet in 2011” by Town & Country magazine, named among the top 25 designers by Elle Décor magazine, and have been inducted into the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame. Condé Nast Traveler magazine named Yabu Pushelberg the “Hot Interior Design Firm” of 2011.

With studios in New York and Toronto, the firm is divided into six teams comprised of design and project management personnel.

Co-founder George Yabu oversees the creation and development of all design components for all projects in the studio. He provides conceptual leadership, as well as, reviewing and refining details of each project with the design teams.

Raised in Toronto, Canada, Yabu received his Bachelor of Applied Arts (Interior Design) from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. Professional Accreditation includes the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

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