Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid, born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1960, graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, with a Bachelor of Industrial Design in 1982. He continued his studies in Italy with Ettore Sottsass, among others. After working with Rodolfo Bonetto and KAN, he founded his own studio in New York in 1993. He quickly became one of the most popular designers on an international scale. His products such as the “Garbo” wastepaper basket have become design icons and are exhibited in different museum collections all around the world. Karim Rashid was an associate Professor of Industrial Design for 10 years and is now a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally.



Aitali KX-Ikons, 2005

References: ACME, Alessi, Artemide, Bonaldo, Bozart Toys, Cappellini, Cybercouture,
Davidoff, Decorum, Dirt Devil, Estée Lauder, Fasem, Felice Rossi, Foscarini, Frighetto, Georg Jensen,
Giorgio Armani, Guzzini, Hanspree, Idée, Issey
Miyake, Kenzo, Kundalini, LaCie, Leonardo, Magis, Method Home, Mikasa, Nambé, Nemo, Prada Group, Ralph Lauren, Ritzenhoff, Ronson, Sony, Taschen, Tommy Hilfiger, Totem, Toyota, Umbra, Unilever, Yahoo!, Yves Saint Laurent, Zeritalia, Zerodisegno and many others.

Awards: Virtu National Design Award 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998; I.D. Annual Design Review 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; Good Design Award 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005; IDEA 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006; House Beautiful Annual Giants of Design Award 2005; Corcoran College of Art & Design, Honorary Doctorate, Washington 2005; Design Plus 2005; red dot award: communication design 2005; Sleep .05 European Hotel Design Award, Best Interior Design Public Spaces, 2005; red dot award: product design 2006; Pratt Legend Award, Pratt Institute, New York 2006; Ontario College of Art and Design, Honorary Doctorate, Toronto 2006; Boutique Design Award Best Flow 2006; Boutique Design Award Best Restaurant 2006; Boutique Design Award Best Use of Space 2006; Boutique Design Award Best Use of Lighting 2006; iF product design award 2007 and many others.

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