As half of the design team Yabu Pushelburg, based in Toronto and New York City, Glenn Pushelberg has created modernist spaces as diverse as the airy, serene Four Seasons Marunouchi in Tokyo and the playfully striped Cosmos restaurant in Minneapolis; he's currently updating the Tiffany flagship store in Manhattan. Pushelberg is equally innovative when it comes to throwing parties. Here he talks about how he applies his talents to entertaining.
What have been your most extravagant parties? At our staff Christmas party this year, we had a 1930s decadence theme based on the movies The Night Porter and Cabaret. We transformed a studio space into a cocktail lounge and had a peep show at the entrance and cabaret performances for three hours. All the guests dressed up, and the bartenders were shirtless and wore bowler hats. We started late, at 10 p.m., and kept going until 5 a.m. We served breakfast and had cabs to take people home. Right now, we're working on an idea for a wig party. Wigs transform the way people act. And when you switch wigs, it's wild to see what happens.
Tell me about a great party you've attended. I went to one at an apartment that's all black and white, and the hosts asked everyone to wear only white. It's great to be chic, but to do it in a way that joins everyone together and acts as a point of conversation.