Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation.
Eschewing style in favor of designing in
the modus of our time, Karim’s designs include luxury goods for Christofle,
Alessi, and Veuve Clicquot; democratic products for Umbra, bobble, and 3M;
timeless furniture for Bonaldo, Tonelli, BoConcept, and Vondom; exquisite
lighting for Artemide and Fontana Arte; high-tech products for Asus and
SirinLabs; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati; iconic graphics for
Citibank and Sony Ericsson; and award-winning packaging for Method, Paris
Baguette, Kenzo, and Eos.
Karim’s influence expands beyond product
to interiors, including restaurants like Amoje Food Capital in South Korea;
hospitality design for nhow Hotel Berlin and budget hotels for Prizeotels in
Bremen, Hamberg, and Hannover; public environments like Universita Metro
Station in Naples; and retail design for Fun Factory in Berlin and Munich.
Additionally, he has collaborated on innumerable concept exhibitions for
clients such as Corian, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, and Audi. In 2017 Karim
launched KURV Architecture D.P.C. with partner Alex Hughes AIA, bringing a
unique multidisciplinary approach to architecture, investment, and development.
Numerous awards and accolades attest to
Karim’s contribution to the world of design. He is a perennial winner of the
Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, Pentawards, and IDSA
Industrial Design Excellence award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Carlton
University, Pratt Institute, OCAD in Toronto, British Institute of Interior
Design, and Corcoran College of Art & Design.
Contemporary artwork created by Karim
ranges from digital prints to public art/ installation and sculpture. His works
are featured in 20 permanent collections in various art institutions worldwide,
including Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA, and The Center Pompidou. He has
exhibited across the globe and is a frequent contributor to the Venice
Biennale. He is represented by Sandra Gering Gallery in New York City.
A cultural shaper, Karim is a frequent
guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the
world by making design a public subject. He is also regularly featured in print
and digital platforms by media companies like CNN, Vogue, Elle, GQ, The New
York Times, and countless more. This reach allows Karim to fulfill his ambition
of disseminating the importance of design in everyday life.
Karim’s latest monograph, XX (Design
Media Publishing, 2015), features 400 pages of work selected from the last 20
years. Other monographs include From The Beginning, an oral history of
Karim’s life and inspiration (Forma, 2014); Sketch, featuring 300 hand
drawings (Frame Publishing, 2011); KarimSpace, featuring 36 of Karim’s interior
designs (Rizzoli, 2009); Design Your Self, Karim’s guide to living
(Harper Collins, 2006); Digipop, a digital exploration of computer
graphics (Taschen, 2005); Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books
2004); and classic titles Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001).
In his spare time Karim’s pluralistic
practice flirts with art, fashion, and music and is determined to creatively touch
every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape.