for B&B Italia
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.
B&B Italia The Collection
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.