Product Focus: Yabu Pushelberg

Toronto-based furniture design company Avenue Road, which also has a showroom in New York, launched a new collection by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, Contract magazine’s 2002 Designer of the Year and founders of Yabu Pushelberg, a hospitality and residential design firm with studios in both Toronto and New York.

Though the duo has designed several pieces of furniture throughout the years, they first debuted furnishings to the U.S. market only last year. For Avenue Road, Yabu Pushelberg has created seven new pieces: two seating options, a freestanding mirror, and four wall-mounted mirrors.

The star of the collection is Rua Ipanema (top), a generously curved, 42-inch-wide lounge chair inspired by the “vivacious yet relaxed” culture of Brazil. The chair, upholstered in a selection of leathers and linens, can be plushed-out with coordinating throw pillows. A swiveling base wrapped with walnut veneer allows the user to smoothly swing around and join the party.

By contrast, the design of the linear Berkeley Square (above), an upholstered armchair, draws from the finely tailored traditions of London. Leather or linen upholstery is tucked tautly into a streamlined polished black nickel base.

The coordinating Regent Street mirror (above) rises 70 inches, making it ideal for dressing. It also features a polished black nickel base, which angles to support the mirror face, and incorporates a shelf of black stained oak or glass.

Rounding out Yabu Pushelberg’s Avenue Road collection—quite literally—are four mirrors, named 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th Street (4). These whimsical wall-mounted mirrors, which vary in dimension from approximately 16 to 24 inches wide and 18 to 36 inches tall, hang solo or work well in groups. —Murrye Bernard

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