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The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort: George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg seek to bring glamour back to the beach

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort recently showcased the award-winning interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg during Art Basel Miami Beach.

The renowned design duo were in town celebrating the South Florida debut of the company’s recently launched book featuring more than 220 pages of luxurious color photography of the company’s top hotel, retail, restaurant and residential interiors.

While signing copies for future residents and guests, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg had the opportunity to unveil more details and provide inspirational anecdotes surrounding their interior design plans of the public spaces and common areas for the oceanfront resort, scheduled for completion in 2011.

According to Yabu Pushelberg, a key element behind their design for The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is a desire to bring glamour back to South Florida. Glamour is defined as “an exciting, an often illusory and romantic attractiveness.”

During the 1950s and 1960s, Miami Beach was considered a glamorous tropical destination where Hollywood’s elite and political powerhouses escaped for a relaxing, yet luxurious holiday. At the time, the celebrated architect Morris Lapidus designed hotels that featured elements to make guests feel like stars themselves. Vacationers sipped festive cocktails poolside in swanky swimwear and dressed to be seen for dinner and a night on the town. In the past 30 years, this elegant approach to glamour was lost — or replaced — by competing ideals of what luxury is, they say.

“Glamour is something that lasts,” says Pushelberg. “With The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, we are looking at things in a different way. For example, one might think of wall panels as being ‘retro.’ We are bringing them back in a modern way by using natural, yet exotic materials. The result will be timeless.”

The wall panels Pushelberg refers to are made of Movingui wood and front double-story faceted mirror screens that provide the backdrop for the property’s iconic Grand Hallway. Inspired by architecture of estate homes, this promenade gives entrants the feeling of a sense of arrival and allows them to discover different worlds of the resort that include a mirrored bar and lounge, a jewel-box wine room and a sunlit restaurant lined with gold mirrors and etched plaster walls.

Yabu notes, “We have had the pleasure of owning a home in Miami for a number of years. We truly understand how people live. South Florida has recently experienced a cultural renaissance, becoming a very sophisticated destination. As a result, we are putting a strong emphasis on integrating art into the design as well, with oversize sculptures and a premier selection of work that will appeal to the international crowd that Bal Harbour attracts.”

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is on Collins Avenue, directly across from world-renowned Bal Harbour Shops. Current design plans include 268 ultra-luxurious residences, 37 condo-hotel suites, 183 hotel rooms and 24 fractional suites. Highlights include signature butler service, a 12,000-square-foot Remède Spa and serene gardens with multiple pools, water features and sculptures.

More information is available by calling 888-943-7473 or visiting online at www.StRegisBalHarbour.com/elegance.

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