6 things you might not know about award-winning designer Karim Rashid


By Agency

US-Canadian Karim's designs feature in 20 permanent collections in various art institutions around the world. Photo: AFP

Honoured with the American Prize For Design – one of the most prestigious awards in the discipline in the United States – last week was New York-based designer Karim Rashid. Notwithstanding his prolific career and numerous professional accolades, he is not that well-known to the general public.

Here is a list of some key facts:

1. He started life in Egypt

Born in Cairo in 1960, the future superstar designer was raised in England and Canada. Now based in New York, he is the brother of architect Hani Rashid.

2. He's the prince of plastic

"Plastic has always been important to me. I saw it as the lively, energetic material of all materials. It was the glossy one, the smooth one, the transparent one, the glowing one, the soft and touchy one, the recyclable one, the fluid liquid solid, and the lightweight material that I, as a young child, naively knew was the material of our contemporary world."

3. Karim Rashid in figures

At age 60, Karim has produced 59 graphic designs, 46 fashion pieces, 306 furniture projects, 34 buildings, 71 lighting designs, 27 hotels, 232 household products, 76 packaging projects, 19 residential designs, 35 architectural materials projects, 102 interiors and 93 exhibitions. More than 3,000 objects in total.

4. He's something of a phrase maker

Karim has described himself as "design pervert, cultural shaper, poet of plastic, digipop rockstar." The New York designer has also defended the practice of not paying interns, arguing that young designers can learn more from working in a studio than from studying in a fee-paying university.

5. He studied under Italian grand masters of design

Karim pursued post-graduate studies in Italy under Ettore Sottsass, the founder of the Memphis Group, as well as Alessandro Mendini and Rodolfo Benetto. The influence of these last two Italians, who were renowned for their boldly coloured creations, is clearly evident in his works.

6. A designer recognised by his peers

Karim's designs feature in 20 permanent collections in various art institutions around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the MoMA, the Chicago Athenaeum and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Living

How to help your cat if it is suffering from weak kidneys
Potato Head Drops 'Mr' title to promote inclusivity
5 creative ways to upcycle face masks
Library partially built with mud is award-winning architect's next project
Three myths about couples therapy
Some dogs are able to memorise words with impressive speed
Pollution from electric cars is an 'ignored' problem, OECD says
Malaysian travel agent hopes for boost in tourism with Covid-19 vaccination roll-out
Ikea partners with European luxury brand to offer 13 limited edition scented candles
Are face masks here to stay permanently?

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers