Design Icon: Karim Rashid

This entry was posted on 11th March 2011

The prolific and versatile industrial designer Karim Rashid is one of the most productive designers of his generation. He was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1960 and in 1982 went on to gain a bachelor in industrial design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.  He later went on to complete his postgraduate studies in Italy. Rashid currently Works out of his private design studio in New York.

To date Karim Rashid has had approximately 3000 design pieces put into production with some of his most iconic designs including the Garbo waste can and the Oh Chair for Umbra. One of our favorite Rashid designs has to be the Bonaldo Kandor chair and matching pouf. These fantastic pieces feature a steel structure and are available in leather or fabric.

As well as individual objects and furniture items, Rashid has also designed the contemporary Japanese Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the Switch restaurant in Dubai as well as completing exhibitions for Audi and Deutsche Bank. As a designer of any statute, you know you have made it when your designs are exhibited in a museum. Well Karim Rashid has definitely made it as his work is in permanent collections in over fourteen different museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Rashid’s many designs have in turn won him many awards and honors including the Special Pentaward for creativity in packaging design, 2009 and the Red Dot distinction for high design quality, 2005-2010 to name but the recent. From furniture to accessories, to architecture and interiors, Rashid has designed them all, and to very high, award-winning standards. The question we want to ask here at Controliss is what is next? Perhaps more of what he is famed for, or perhaps even electric blinds or patterned designs for electric blinds, wishful thinking. Who knows, but we are excited to find out!

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