The Weishaupt Design Group Advisory Board meets bi-annually to help guide the business and answer some of the big questions facing the global design industry today. A collective of luminaries and big thinkers from diverse backgrounds, they share an affinity for design that is emotionally resonant.

Brought together serendipitously on the hunt for studio space over  30 years ago, founders George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg found in each other  an affinity for taking risks and presenting a strong point of view.

The pair’s multidisciplinary approach was and is informed by an endless curiosity and driven by partnerships with thoughtful, creative like-minded people. Often taking them to faraway places before the  concept of a global design firm really existed.

Over the years, Yabu Pushelberg has worked with some of the world’s  leading innovators in the retail, hotel and hospitality industries. Evolving  to encompass all aspects of design, each project reflects an edited approach that transcends trends. With studios in Toronto and New York, and current  projects in over 16 countries, the same attention to detail and spirit of  exploration remains a hallmark of the firm.

Clive is a leading marketing strategist. He is a consultant on brand positioning, marketing strategies, new product development and advertising to a wide variety blue-chip clients across North America.

He founded Leap Consulting in 1999. Prior to that he had a successful  advertising career, including several years as partner and president of Stringer Veroni Ketchum Advertising before selling his firm to Omnicom. Born in South Africa, he now lives in Toronto, Canada.

As the founder of the New York based interiors-focused design studio, Champalimaud, she along with her partner and designers compose elevated environments by culling the soul and individual character of each project through intuitive application of color and texture, coupled with a seasoned understanding of the principles of classic design. Their projects range from five star hotels, luxury condos, fine dining, to private residences.

Some of her hallmark projects include: Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Hotel Bel-Air and Beverly Hills Hotel in California, The Waldorf Astoria in New York and Chengdu China, The Plaza Hotel in new York, The Dorchester in London, and Troutbeck in Upstate New York. In the coming months she and her team will be opening Monkey Island Inn in Bray on Thames, UK, One Waterline Square in New York and Raffles Hotel in Singapore among many others.

Anna’s ability to connect with our clients and provide unique experiences has landed her the opportunity to design luxury residences from the sunny beaches of the Bahamas to the cobblestone streets of London.Internally, Anna collaborates closely with founder Alexandra Champalimaud on the Champalimaud Collection including private label furniture, fabrics and trims available at Holland & Sherry and rugs for The Rug Company.

Raised in Alaska, Ms. Beeber graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Sociology and went on to earn her post-graduate degree in Architectural Interior Design from the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in London.

Prior to launching and growing their own brand internationally, Byron and Dexter simultaneously co-founded WANT Agency with Mark Wiltzer and Jacqueline Gelber of Mark Edwards Apparel, in 1999. The idea stemmed from their understanding that there was a void of stimulating and diverse fashion and sportswear collections in the North American retail market. In fact, it was during their many travels that they discovered a then little-known brand, ACNE Jeans, and recognized that the North American market was missing the Scandinavian ideals of form and function that brands like ACNE offered.

Today, WANT Agency, a fashion and lifestyle company based in Montreal and New York, successfully distributes the highly-coveted brands of Nudie Jeans, Maison Kitsuné, Filippa K, SWIMS and Arc’Teryx Veilance throughout North America. In recent years, they have opened reputable luxury retail stores, including: The WANT Apothecary in Montreal and Toronto (coming soon), WANT Passport in Toronto, Nudie Jeans House in Los Angeles and Maison Kitsuné in New York.

Through tireless dedication, Byron and Dexter have continued to create new partnerships with like-minded brands for over a decade. Their dynamic and humble personalities, unwavering quest for quality, and willingness to take risks has established them and their successful brands as leaders in their industry.

All paths to membership at Toronto’s Soho House, the pre-eminent meeting place for creative industries, lead to Anderson, the long-time right hand of CEO Nick Jones.

Anderson has a bloodhound’s nose for tastemakers: he crafts the guest lists for the club’s biggest international parties, creates pop-up clubs during Art Basel Miami and the Berlin film festival, and has amassed a contact list that would make a paparazzo swoon. Those connections come in especially handy during TIFF: this year, Soho threw official parties for 10 films. Lately, Anderson has been busy starting up a new Chicago outpost, and helping open locations in L.A., Mumbai, Barcelona and Istanbul.

Spencer Bailey is the co-founder of the media company The Slowdown and co-host of the Time Sensitive podcast. He is also editor-at-large of book publisher Phaidon and a contributing editor at Town & Country magazine. A writer, editor, journalist, and strategist, he has has written at length about architecture, art, culture, design, and technology for publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Newsweek, and Bloomberg Businessweek.

From mid-2013 to mid-2018, Bailey was editor-in-chief of Surface magazine. He has interviewed hundreds of leading architects, artists, designers, and others, including David Adjaye, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Ian Schrager, and Kanye West. Bailey is a trustee of the Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York. He also serves on the New York honorary committee of the L’Ecole jewelry-making school, which is supported by Van Cleef & Arpels. He is a visiting faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, where he teaches a workshop in the Design Research master’s program.