Karim Rashid is one of the best industrial designers of his generation and he comes from Egypt. He designed many products and also got involves in so many fields such as interiors, fashion, furniture, lighting, art and music to installations. He his best known for his unconventional decor style where pink color plays an important role. Today is he who is being featured in our subject about the most famous designers of the 20th century.
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Rashid’s designs include the Garbo waste can, the Oh Chair for Umbra, a concept store for Giorgio Armani, manhole covers for the sewers of New York, perfume bottles for Kenzo, bobble water bobble, watches and tableware for Alessi, lighting for Artemide and products for Veuve Clicquot. He has also worked with Audi, Samsung, Swarowski and Armani. In addition Rashid has designed for Kenzo, Method, Bombay Saffire, Finé Water Japan, Sexy Beast USA, Davidoff, Issey Miyake, Estee Lauder.
The work of this famous designer, all sensual curves and bright colours, is instantly recognizable and has been variously described (by Rashid himself) as “sensual minimalism” and “blobjects”.
Karim has recently been selected to design several real estate developments in New York City for HAP Investments, a New York City based International investment group.
Karim’s work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide including the MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and SFMOMA. This famous designer holds honorary doctorates from the Ontario College of Art & Design, Pratt Institute and Corcoran College of Art & Design. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences speaking about the importance of design in everyday life.
In 2012, Danish designer and manufacturer BoConcept collaborated with Rashid to create the Ottawa Collection, which won the Red Dot Design Award.