George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, the interior designers behind such stylish destinations as the Four Seasons New York, Lane Crawford in HongKong, Bangkok's Park Hyatt and W Guangzhou, shares 5 of their favourite things
1. YAYOI KUSAMA
She’s one of our favourite artists. We have one of her pumpkins in our Toronto studio. We originally wanted it in our New York apartment but couldn’t fit it in the elevator. We had to beg her gallery for it. It sits next to an Anish Kapoor—we collect quite a bit of art.
We love this New York restaurant. It’s an offshoot of ABC Kitchen by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The food is all vegetarian and it’s amazing, with influences from around the world. The flavours are so clear and transparent. A perfect spot for lunch or dinner.
3. LONG ISLAND BEACH HOUSE
It’s our favourite place in the world. It’s on the East End of Long Island, between East Hampton and Montauk, and faces the ocean. When you live in New York—or any big city, really—you need to be able to escape to somewhere you can switch off, both physically and mentally.
4. CHOCOLATE & LAZY WEEKENDS
Glenn: A rich chocolate bar may be my guiltiest pleasure. But, then again, it’s only guilty if you think of it that way. I like to call it a treat. George: Taking a weekend off would be mine. We are workaholics.
It’s hands-on the best place to shop. People are doing really interesting things in terms of design and lifestyle products. There’s an artful attention to detail that’s inspiring—from the cafe making the perfect cup of coffee to the leather shoe specialist bringing the craft to new heights. They do it so well.