Karim Rashid

Interior Designer; Product/Industrial Designer / United States / KARIM RASHID Inc.

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. More than 3,000 designs in production, more than 300 awards, and work in more than 35 countries attest to Rashid’s status as a design legend.

His award-winning designs include democratic objects such as the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the Semiramis Hotel in Athens, and exhibitions for Deutsche Bank and Audi. Rashid has collaborated with clients to create designs for Method and Dirt Devil, furniture for Artemide and Magis, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high-tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski, to name a few. His work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide. He is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review Best of Category, and the IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.

Rashid holds honorary doctorates from the Ontario College of Art & Design and Corcoran College of Art & Design. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, disseminating the importance of design in everyday life.

Rashid’s work has been featured in many books and publications, including Time, Financial Times, the New York Times, Esquire, and GQ.  In 2009, Rizzoli released his latest monograph, KarimSpace, featuring 36 of Rashid’s interior architecture designs. Other books include Rashid’s guide to living, Design Your Self (HarperCollins, 2006), and a digital exploration of computer graphics, Digipop (Taschen, 2005), as well as two monographs, titled Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001). His illustrations and other experimental drawings are published in Sketch: Karim (Frame, 2011).

In his spare time Rashid flirts with DJ-ing, art, and fashion and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical landscape.


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