Karim Rashid

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Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid talks to press at Innoprom-2012.jpg
Karim Rashid talks to the press at Innoprom 2012
Born 1960
Cairo, Egypt
Occupation Industrial Designer

Karim Rashid is an industrial designer and interior architect.[1] His designs include luxury goods, furniture, lighting, surface design, brand identity and packaging.[citation needed] Time magazine has described him as the "most famous industrial designer in all the Americas".[2]


Rashid was born in Cairo, Egypt to an Egyptian father and English mother,[citation needed] and raised in Canada and is now a US Citizen.[3]

Rashid's designs include the Garbo waste can, the Oh Chair for Umbra, a concept store for Giorgio Armani, manhole covers for the sewers of New York, and a perfume bottle for Kenzo, bobble water bobble .[4][3]

Karim’s work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries world wide including the MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and SFMOMA. He holds honorary doctorates from the Ontario College of Art & Design and Corcoran College of Art & Design. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences speaking about the importance of design in everyday life.

In 2012, Danish designer and manufacturer BoConcept collaborated with Rashid to create the Ottawa Collection, which won the Red Dot Design Award.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Rashid has won the George Nelson Award in 1999, the Canadian Designer of the Year award in 2001,[2] and the Red Dot Design Award in 2012.[1]


  • 2012 Sketch: Karim
  • 2009 Karim Rashid Space: The Architecture Of Karim Rashid
  • 2006 Design Your Self: Rethinking the Way You Live, Love, Work, and Play
  • 2005 I Want To Change The World
  • 2005 Digipop
  • 2004 Karim Rashid: Evolution
  • 2003 International Design Yearbook 18

Art shows and exhibitions[edit]

  • Oct 2012 Ideology of Beauty, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Sept 2012 Karim Rashid 20X12, Gering&Lopez Gallery, NYC, US
  • Jun–Oct 2011 Avant Premiere, Group installation Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
  • Jun–Oct 2011 Sign off Design, Group sculpture installation Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • Nov 2011 Elephant Parade, public art installation across Singapore
  • Sept 2011 Karim Goes Dutch, retrospective of designs at Woonbeurs, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mar–Jun 2011 Karimodworks, retrospective, MOD, Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 2011 Effetto Acciaio, Edizioni Galleria Colombari, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2011 Karim Sampler: Last 15 Years, Triennale, Milan, Italy
  • Dec–Jan 2011 LED light installation at the International LED Festival, Milan, Italy
  • Nov 2010 Unplanned Brutalism – Vintage20, NYC, USA
  • Sept 2010 Karim Rashid New Work – Spoke Club, Toronto, Canada
  • Sept 2010 Edizioni Galleria Colombari – Pavilion Art & Design, Stand 43, London, England
  • June 2010 Technoorganic – Object Gallery, Claremont, CA, USA
  • May 2010 The Hand Of the Designer – group show, Molesine, 210 Eleventh Ave, NYC/td>
  • Apr 2010 Blobulous – Edizioni Galleria Colombari, via Maroncelli 10, Milano, Italy
  • Mar 2010 Retrospective – Festival inSPIRACJE City, Szczecin, Poland
  • Mar 2010 Blobular World – Exhibition, Galeria Arte em Dobro, Rio, Brazil
  • Aug 2009 Reinventing Ritual- group exhibition, The Jewish Museum, NYC, USA
  • Aug 2009 Retrospective- Promenade du Port, Porto Cervo, Portugal
  • Aug 2009 Blobulous Worlds- digital art exhibition, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil
  • May–June 2009 Konvolution- ceramic collection for Bitossi, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Store, New York
  • Apr 2009 Eco Trans Pop- group exhibition, Paola Colombari Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2009 New Design – Galerie Yves Gastou, Paris, France
  • Mar 2009 Totally Rad – curated by Karim for the MAD Museum, New York, USA
  • Oct 2008 Art and Design in a Global World – retrospective, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Oct 2008 From 15 minutes into the Future – retrospective, Domotecka Design, Warsaw, Poland
  • July 2008 Blobulous – limited edition chairs and prints, Photo & Contemporary Gallery, Turin, Italy
  • Apr 2008 Kasa Digitalia – Concept Laminate House, Milan Triennale, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2008 Eliptik – One Off Sculpture, Light Lounge, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2008 Blobulous – limited edition chairs and prints, Paola Colombari Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2008 From 15 minutes into the Future – Retrospective, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia,
  • Apr 2008 Second Skin – group exhibition, Museo de Arte Contemoraneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Feb 2008 Bloblove – digital aluminum paintings and rotomolded sculpture, Elga Wimmer Gallery, NYC, US
  • Jan 2008 Sex in Design/Design in Sex – group show featuring digital paintings and sketches, Museum of Sex, NYC, US
  • Dec 2007 Plastic Blobular Worlds – digital prints and rotomolded sculpture, Gallery Hotel, Singapore
  • Nov 2007 Karim Retrospective – prints and product retrospective, OCAD, Toronto, Canada
  • Aug 2007 Art Box – Glicee prints, Karim Rashid Shop, NYC, US
  • Jun 2007 Plastic Blobular Worlds – screenprints and digital prints, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • Jun 2007 Hotel Shpw – Concept Hotel Room, Dubai Hotel Show, Dubai, UAE


  1. ^ a b c Susan Thurston (April 17, 2013). BoConcept furniture, Smart car join hands. Tampa Bay Times. Accessed October 2013.
  2. ^ a b Belinda Luscombe (July 02, 2001). Design: The Poet Of Plastic; Karim Rashid wants to change the world one ordinary object at a time. Time Magazine. Accessed October 2013. (subscription required) for full article.
  3. ^ a b Caroline Ryder ([n.d.]). Karim Rashid. Swindle. Archived March 7, 2009.
  4. ^ KenzoAmour Product Page at kenzousa.com

Further reading[edit]

  • Paola Antonelli. I Want to Change the World. New York, NY: Universe Rizzoli, 2001. ISBN 978-0789305312
  • Marisa Bartolucci, Raul Cabra. Karim Rashid. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2004. ISBN 9780811842082
  • Stephen Case. Karim Rashid: evolution. New York, NY: Universe, 2004. ISBN 978-0789311979
  • Stefania Colonna Preti. I Protagonisti del Design: Karim Rashid. Milan: Hachette, 2012
  • Tihomir Milovac. Karim Rashid - Ideologija ljepote (in Croatian). Zagreb: Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti, 2012