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Naviglio Sofa

c. 2020

by Yabu Pushelberg
for B&B Italia

Naviglio Sofa

by Yabu Pushelberg
for  B&B Italia

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Yabu Pushelberg’s Naviglio collec­tion is composed of a curved, linear, chaise longue and ottoman elements that together express a visual dialogue between struc­ture and form. For Cana­dian design­ers George Yabu and Glenn Pushel­berg, the seating base is a riverbed that defines the space to accom­mo­date a backrest/​armrest which is as sinuous as a water­course. Yabu Pushelberg’s design builds a rela­tion­ship between organic forms and B&B Italia’s mould­ing tech­nolo­gies to create a consistent whole. 

The back­rest section and the seating shapes reveal a deli­cate balance between poly­gons and curved shapes, where geom­e­try becomes soft­ness and rigour blends with comfort. The uphol­stery of the differ­ent elements is made of differ­en­ti­ated density polyurethane to cosily embrace the body and ensure the most appro­pri­ate support. The choice was dictated by the object’s nature — a sofa designed without seat cush­ions. The rear surface of the back­rest presents a contin­u­ous tone-on-tone or contrast­ing deco­ra­tive section, creat­ing a linear element that further under­scores the shape continuity. 

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Yabu Pushelberg

Canada

From table­top objects to expan­sive new devel­op­ments, Canadian designers George Yabu and Glenn Pushel­berg design places and prod­ucts: immer­sive envi­ron­ments, com­pelling des­ti­na­tions, and con­sid­ered goods. Yabu and Pushelberg have been partners in life and business for more than 30 years. They met in design school at Ryerson University in their hometown of Toronto back in the mid-1970s. Their stu­dio, Yabu Pushelberg, was founded in 1980 and is now present in 19 countries. With an empha­sis on inte­ri­or design, they have expand­ed their firm into a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary prac­tice that address­es mul­ti­ple lay­ers of the human experience. For them, it’s all about design­ing the world they want to live in.

The focus of these designers goes well beyond what things look like, to how they make peo­ple feel. Yabu and Pushelberg have perfected this approach, working with companies like B&B Italia, Bergdorf Goodman and Linteloo.

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