Karim Rashid is a leading figure in the fields of product and interior design,
furniture, lighting and art. Working with an impressive array of clients
over the years including Alessi, Umbra, Prada, Issey Miyake, and Method,
Karim has infused consumer culture with his signature Sensual Minimalism.
To date Karim has had some 2500 objects put into production. Successes such as the Dirt Devil Kone, Umbra Garbo, and Method Home designs illustrate Karim’s ethos of affordable, democratic design for the masses. Karim’s language has graced all aspects of life from furniture to cosmetics, artwork to architecture. His award winning interior work includes the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel in Athens as well as many retail stores and restaurants world wide.
A perennial winner of the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review and Red Dot Award, Karim was also honored early in his career with the prestigious Daimler Chrysler Design Award, and the Brooklyn Museum Young Designer of the Year Award. Recently he received the International Furnishings and Design Association Circle of Excellence Award for Industrial Design and Pratt Legend Award. His work is in the permanent collections of 15 Museums worldwide including MoMA and SFMoMA and he exhibits art in various galleries. Pulling from 10 years experience as an associate Professor of Industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and Pratt Institute, Karim is now a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally.
Karim has published his guide to living ‘Design Your Self’ from Regan Books,
‘Digipop’, a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen 2005),
a portfolio book published by Chronicle Books (2004), as well as two monographs
titled ‘Evolution’ (Universe, 2004) and ‘I Want to Change the World’ (Rizzoli, 2001).
He edited the International Design Yearbook 18 for Calmann and King in 2003 and
released two CD’s on boutique label, Neverstop.