The Waikiki Edition, Honolulu
Design: Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu (Yabu Pushelberg)
Yabu Pushelberg had it right when they described this lobby as an urban oasis. There’s something in the way the soft lighting contrasts with the Hawaiian sun… or is it the soaped oak walls set against the hand-scraped wood flooring? No matter – the linear space, accentuated by a 21-metre-long slate runner, will make you want to linger. To find the bar, peek behind the oversize, rotating white bookcase that divides the lobby. (Talk about making a grand entrance.)
1775 Ala Moana Blvd., 808-943-5800, editionhotels.com
About Yabu Pushelberg
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, the dynamic duo behind this firm, have created upscale interiors for homes, shops and hotels the world over since they met in design school more than 30 years ago. Their award-winning studio, which has offices in Toronto and New York, is an Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame inductee.
"A hotel is like a wife: You don’t love her because she’s a good cook or because she’s pretty; you choose her for her sterling qualities. Yabu Pushelberg didn’t design a stage set but rather a place where you instantly feel at home.”
– Jean-Michel Gathy –
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