Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2010, he has over 3,000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in 35 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design.
His award winning designs include The Bobble, a curvaceous, refillable water bottle with a colored filter, the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel Athens, and exhibitions for Deutsche Bank and Audi. Karim has collaborated with clients to create democratic design 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. Karim’s work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide. 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.
He holds honorary doctorates from the Ontario college of Art & Design and Corcoran College of Art & Design. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally disseminating the importance of design in everyday life. Karim’s has been featured in magazine and books including Time, Financial Times, NY Times, Esquire, GQ and countless more. In 2011 Frame released Karim’s latest book Sketch Artworks of Karim Rashid. Other books include Karimspace (Rizzoli, 2009), Karim’s guide to living, ‘Design Your Self’ (Harper Collins, 2006), ‘Digipop’, a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005), compact portfolio published by Chronicle Books (2004), as well as two monographs titled ‘Evolution’ (Universe, 2004) and ‘I Want to Change the World’ (Rizzoli, 2001).
Karim Rashid’s modern, playful designs have made him a hired gun for such companies as Umbra, Alessi, Samsung, Dirt Devil Audi, Issey Miyake, Prada, Nambe, Magis, Mikasa, Edra, Frighetto, Herman Miller, Foscarini, Artemide, Idée, Bozart,Shiseido, Giorgio Armani, Leonardo, Nienkamper, Yahoo, Zerodisegno, Copco, Method, Guzzini, and Danese, among others. His pieces, which employ cutting-edge technology and modern materials, are found in museum design collections.
In his spare time Karim’s pluralism flirts with DJing, art and fashion and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical landscape.