George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg Apartment in New York

published in: Interiors By Tina Komninou, 06 June 2011

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photo © Richard Powers

As a New Yorker what you stand for, were you are going and what the type of circles you will mingle with is simply derived from retail talk. There are certain words that open doors to the world of elite with no waiting time. Words that create a floating dream and pure happiness words like, Perry Street, 4,000sqft apartment, Glass tower, overwhelming views Hudson River & Richard Meier.  These words are happiness to any New Yorker out there, but it definitely puts the icing on the cake when those happy New Yorkers are the award wining architects Yabu Pushelberg.

George Yabu (right) and Glenn Pushelberg (left)
photo © Richard Powers

Partners for 31 years, personally and professionally, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg were named designers of the year by Contract magazine and have been inducted into the ID magazine Hall of Fame. This creative duo has three houses, but considers their 4,000 square-foot Perry Street apartment their home.

The Glass Tower of Richard Meiers
photo © Richard Powers

This exquisite apartment was purchased in 2004 and came completely raw with only a toilet and mirror which provided a blank canvas to work with allowing free reign to design and ornament as desired. This well known Richard Meier building exudes a minimalist interior with all the spaces drenching with sunlight from floor-to ceiling windows. It is the perfect controlled naked interior space to allow for one to create their personal lifestyle around it. All in all the ideal real estate wonder. This apartment has a feeling of openness in the space with clarity in its design, combined with the eclectic residential feel of the West Village. The apartment is very public but also very private at the same time. The layout is open in the living area (the main room) but the center hall has doors built into the wall that are very secretive. A perfect blend of making guests feel comfortable in the large open space living area and at the same time not exposing the private lives of the owners which they wish to share by themselves.

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

In the main room the combination of the neutral palette together with the exceptional unique pieces chosen for this space makes you understand that prime importance was paid to everything that stands within these walls. Great detail has been given from the construction to decoration in order to achieve this clarity. For example the floors which are travertine were ripped up twice to get them right  and the log bench in the hallway,is a fallen tree that was found at the bottom of a lake which was acquired from India. These precious details are everywhere and it is what makes this interior so special and truly eclectic. All of the items in the living room have a history and a journey.The white woven rug is from Italy and there are a few art pieces from Japan, there's a Parisian Lucite screen, a Brazilian jacaranda credenza, a deer head adorned with glass balls by Japanese artist Kohei Nawa, and a cast-bronze chair from Nienkämper.

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

In the private quarters a different approach is derived, giving importance to the essence of relaxation, privacy and estet. The master suite has a serene beauty to it that makes you relax and adorn all that surrounds you. Wonderful & comfortable finishes are pleasant to both the sight & the touch. There is quietness through the design as you are moving from the all around main room to the explicit bedroom. This same approach is also present in the master bathroom. A wonderful build in vanity unit with a dominant but yet subtle bathtub grasps all the serenity of one that can achieve relaxation. Everything is custom made with one sole material finish this is responsible for the exquisiteness, the preciousness and the simplicitiness.

photo © Richard Powers

This apartment is a wonderful tribute to all that New Yorkers aspire to and thrive for. Great architecture from a master, with interiors from the trend setters. A prime location consisting of an open space area filed with admiration and private quarters designed for adoration. 2011 NY, thank you.

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

photo © Richard Powers

The log bench is a fallen tree that was found at the bottom of a lake which was acquired from India.
photo © Richard Powers

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  • friend
    Sidney Cooper | 2011-06-07 16:36:41

    As a designer and artist, I really appreciate designed spaces that showcase personal idiosyncrasies and treasures. There is a dynamic personality evidenced that is intellectually provoking, in addition to comfortable and beautiful.

  • friend
    kanta jagasia | 2011-10-13 05:52:04

    just mind-blowing.a delight to my eyes

  • friend
    gudy herder | 2012-02-06 10:34:33

    A master class of excellent taste, eclectic style and giving pieces enough space to breath.

  • friend
    kessiri Kukeatnun | 2012-03-14 12:21:17

    I like Yabu Style

  • friend
    SOR PERDIDA | 2012-09-10 22:47:09

    Ironically, the pristine, minimalist architecture of Richard Meier gets defiled by big-money tackiness with this apartment. One can rummage a whole continent and still cannot find so much stilted furniture/artwork (artwork?!!!) to fill out all this space. nnThe single truly beautiful thing to retain is the bathroom (as is, inherited perhaps from a previous owner), but the 'organic' wooden paraphernalia, the glam-stag on the wall, the sofa playing footsies with the column, the petty brass 'accents' - they are all faux-pas of an ungracious elephantine foot prancing around with 'styles'...

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    irene bell | 2012-09-17 00:43:14

    I LOVE these guys!FYI . . . they are INCREDIBLE cooks!, minimalist kitchen or not. Nothing seems to be too exotic, or too mundane. Perfection in food (or a wonderful experience) EVERY time. For the skeptic on the bathrooms, see their Miami house! . . . some of the same detail. love, love them . . . . . . and they are very real and TONS OF FUN !! Irene nan OLD 30 year acquaintance. . . . who does NOT travel in the stratospheric circles that that they now occupy.. . but loves every minute of their hard earned fame!

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    Corporate Interior Design | 2012-10-17 20:08:10

    I am absolutely loving the contrast of natural wood in the white kitchen. It gives off a modern look with a note of appreciation for the old fashioned. What a great interior design space!

  • friend
    Jeremy Olm | 2013-08-22 11:48:57

    Wow, I really love the clean and fresh atmosphere that the interior of this house creates. The ceiling to floor window really lets the natural light in, making the entire space very bright and lively indeed. Nowadays, many homeowners prefer the minimalist concept for their estate just like this NY apartment. It is modern and at the same time very pleasant and calming to live in. Buyers are looking out for a house that has a fresh and contemporary interior as that is the trend these days.

  • friend
    Jerome Weingart | 2013-08-24 11:42:11

    I really like the very clean minimalist qualities of this apartment, and the wonderful visual surprises, but it feels a bit hard. I like having certain things -- Silk rugs from Asia on the floors and sometimes on the walls, extraordinary almost Cubist batik paintings from an artist from Yogya, and books books books, and favorite paintings and lithographs -- as integral to the living environment. I'm a physicist who, in another life, would like to have pursued architecture. I am also interested in the acoustics; as a violist who loves to play chamber music with friends I would want an acoustically vibrant space for the musicians and occasional guests. I'd also love to see the elegant kitchen alive with the owners in the middle of preparing a great meal! What better way to animate the space that, in the photos, seems sculptural rather than gastronomic. And we know they can COOK! Thanks for sharing this amazing space with us.

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