Karim Rashid is an Industrial Designer and cultural shaper. His perspective and clients are global and he considers himself a cultural shaper doing projects ranging from products, interiors, fashion, furniture, lighting, to art and music.
karim rashid was born in cairo, egypt in 1960; half english, half egyptian and raised
in england and canada. he received a bachelor of industrial design in 1982
from carleton university in ottawa, canada.
I have been known as the “Prince of Plastic”. I use plastic in a lot of my designs because it’s a material that have wonderful properties, it is durable, malleable, and can be quite comfortable. With new technologies such as rotomoulding, I can create sensual and organic shapes that have never existed. Using plastic also enables my designs to be more accessible on the market.
Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award. Rashid's work is featured in 20 permanent collections worldwide.
The prolific creative powerhouse has designed more than 3,000 items, ranging from furniture and lighting to cosmetics packaging and household appliances. Since 1991, this open Chelsea studio has served as the birthplace for his unique conceptions (the 17,000-square-foot space was originally a carriage house and has been renovated twice since Rashid took it over).
His award winning designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Veuve Clicquot, and Alessi, democratic products for Umbra, Bobble, and 3M, furniture for Bonaldo and Vondom, lighting for Artemide and Fabbian, high tech products for Asus and Samsung, surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati, brand identity for Citibank and Sony Ericsson and packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo and Hugo Boss.
Karim's work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries world wide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.
Karim Rashid is in control. The renowned industrial designer is a committed futurist and a perfectly groomed exercise fanatic. His antiseptic home is free of unessential possessions and black clothing. Some would say he's, well, anal. But then there's his flair for drama: He wears rose-tinted, oversized glasses and is married to a "goddess." The Egyptian-born, Canadian-bred designer has fashioned everything from luxury hotels to Umbra's "Garbo" trash cans to dog bowls for Target. In his book, Design Your Self, he's looking to make you over
I think that's something you've been taught. What would be the difference between that and being in an office 30 years ago, or going to the library and spending a whole day looking through books? Roughly 25 years ago, 1 out of 20 people actually sat down and wrote letters. Today we write e-mail, nonstop. I think technology is humanizing us.
In college, I was obsessed with wearing all white. I felt angelic and free. But then, in the early eighties, I started wearing black. That was status quo in the avant-garde. If you were interesting—a designer, an architect—you wore all black.
Design is about innovation, it’s about technology, it’s about changing behavior and social life, developing new ideas of beauty, new aesthetics. I can completely understand and appreciate historic objects, but I’m here to help us evolve.