As design week descends upon New York, with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and NYCxDesign taking place this month, Toronto-based design duo George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg add to the discourse with a three-day pop-up exhibition in downtown Manhattan. While their namesake firm Yabu Pushelberg is known for its acclaimed interior and residential spaces, the pair presents their latest objects and furniture in Rational x Intuitive Thought: A Collection of Furniture + Objects, broadening the scope of their already prolific portfolio of work and highlighting their fastidious eye for detail, whether on small- or large-scale projects.
The exhibition, spread over two floors at 18 Wooster Street, takes its name from the nature of the pair’s collaboration and the duality of their design process. As Shonquis Moreno writes in NUVO’s winter 2013 issue, “it’s tough to imagine a couple living and working together for 34 years, but they make it seem effortless. ‘There was a time when we were less mature, perhaps, and we had to work at it a little more,’ Pushelberg says, ‘but as time goes on, it has become easier and easier, and more fun. Their industrial designs are the result of inventive collaborations, and include a playful “Blink” furniture collection for Stellar Works, graphic rugs for the Rug Company, and marine-inspired tableware for Pampaloni.