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Book review: Yabu Pushelberg

Book review: Yabu Pushelberg – Yabu Pushelberg, an interiors firm with offices in New York and Toronto, has been named to Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame for its luxurious retail, hospitality and residential projects. The volume Yabu Pushelberg features lavish photography of projects that include the Four Seasons Tokyo, Bergdorf Goodman, The Hazelton Hotel, Tiffany & Co., Lane Crawford and Louis Vuitton. Yabu Pushelberg features six essays by William Norwich, columnist and contributing editor to Vogue. In 1972, two Ontario natives were brought to Ryerson University in Toronto for reasons that can be loosely linked to kismet. The same stroke of fate brought them together a few years later, and would mark the start of an abiding partnership in business and in life. More than three decades later, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg oversee one of the most recognized design firms in the world. The Yabu Pushelberg studios redefine how the world sees and experiences the built environment. The work is designed collectively; it is imaginative, thoughtful, and honest, while continuously moving between the rational and the intuitive. It is this interchangeability of their individual roles, that in unison, is distinctive. George and Glenn’s partnership is peerless, and their…

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Akris by Valerie Steele

Much like the Akris brand, the company’s 90th anniversary celebration early last week at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City was a decidedly understated affair. The guest of honour, Akris designer and creative director Albert Kriemler, chatted up guests while signing copies of the book “1922 2012 Akris,” which chronicles the evolution of his family’s business. Despite having jetted in from Europe the day before, the designer and creative director preferred to stand to greet fans of the brand and the espresso that was set on the edge of his signing table was left untouched. “There is no time for jet lag,” he said with a laugh. Fittingly, the idea to mark the family-owned Akris’ milestone sprang from a next-of-kin gathering. “We were celebrating the 90th birthday of our father and he mentioned how my grandmother started the company three months before she gave birth to him,” Kriemler said. Progressive as Alice Kriemler-Schoch was for the Roaring Twenties, Kriemler views his mission as one that encompasses the needs of these times we live in without walking away from the past. “I think it is my duty to bring the product forward and to keep up with that modernity,” he said….

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