George Yabu

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

George Yabu’s Book List

Jetting between our New York and Toronto offices on a weekly basis, and various project sites around the world (literally), reading is an obvious, but very much beloved pastime. I always like to cover news stories both domestic and internationally based. And I love a variety of books—as long as within the first several pages, the book inspires me, provokes thought, engages my curiosity, and visually delights me. I often take something interesting and new away from each of them, whether a new way of looking at things, or an anecdote to apply to life. This selection is a cross section of my literary interests.

1 book
Paintings by Walton Ford
Essay by Bill Buford

Growing up, I always had a fascination with exotic animal and plant life, as depicted in natural history and botanical drawings that are primarily, still-life portraits of the subject matter. Ford’s watercolor paintings go beyond these scientific and academic portrayals. They burst with saturated color and are richly detailed; often capturing the visceral interactions between species within the animal kingdom. You may witness the terror and stress from the confrontation between a jaguar and a buffalo, but closer inspection reveals there is more to it than basic animal instinct and its natural order.

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