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
Alma mater Carleton University
Occupation Industrial Designer
Known for plastic consumer products
Home town Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website www.karimrashid.com

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


Rashid received a Bachelor of Industrial Design in 1982 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He pursued graduate design studies in Naples, Italy, with Ettore Sottsass and others, then moved to Milan for one year at the Rodolfo Bonetto Studio. Rashid went on to work with KAN Industrial Designers in Canada. There he co-founded and designed the Babel Fashion Collection and North between 1985-91. In 1992 Rashid opened a private design studio in New York City.

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, perfume bottles for Kenzo, bobble water bottle, watches and tableware for Alessi, lighting for Artemide and products for Veuve Clicquot.[3][4] He has also worked with Audi, Samsung, Swarowski and Armani.[5] In addition Rashid has designed for Kenzo, Method, Bombay Saffire, Finé Water Japan, Sexy Beast USA, Davidoff, Issey Miyake, Estee Lauder


Karim has recently been selected to design several real estate developments in New York City for HAP Investments, a New York City based International investment group.[7]

Karim's work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide including the MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and SFMOMA. He holds honorary doctorates from the Ontario College of Art & Design, Pratt Institute 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.[8]

In 2012, Danish designer and manufacturer BoConcept collaborated with Rashid to create the Ottawa Collection, which won the Red Dot Design Award.[9]

In 2016, it was announced that Rashid is designing the multimillion-dollar makeover of Temptation Resort and Spa,[10] in Cancun Mexico.

Personal life[edit]

Rashid was born in Cairo, Egypt to an Egyptian father and English mother.[11] He was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck and had developmental delays and a speech impediment.[11] The family emigrated to Canada where Rashid was raised. Rashid attended high school in Mimico, Toronto.[11]

Karim was formerly married to digital designer Megan Lang, but the couple divorced. Rashid married Ivana Rashid (née Puric) in 2008. Together they have one child, Kiva Rashid.[12]

Rashid is the brother of famed architect, Hani Rashid, of Asymptote.[13]

Karim is known for wearing all white or all pink clothing.[14]


  • 2014 Karim Rashid: From the Beginning
  • 2013 Karim Rashid - Ideologija ljepote Tihomir Milovac. (in Croatian). Zagreb: Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti, 2013
  • 2012 I Protagonisti del Design: Karim Rashid. Milan: Hachette, 2012
  • 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 New York, NY: Universe, 2004. ISBN 978-0789311979
  • 2004 Karim Rashid. San Francisco: * Marisa Bartolucci, Raul Cabra. Karim Rashid. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, ISBN 9780811842082
  • 2003 International Design Yearbook 18
  • 2001 I Want to Change the World. New York, NY: Universe Rizzoli, 2001. ISBN 978-0789305312

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.[9]

In 2010 Rashid won the Pentaward, a worldwide packaging design awards competition. The award (silver) was won jointly by Box House and Karim Rashid Studio. He is the very first designer to receive this special Pentaward for his creative excellence in packaging design.


  1. ^ Velocci, Cristina. "Office tour: Karim Rashid". http://www.timeout.com.  External link in |website= (help)
  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. ^ Caroline Ryder ([n.d.]). Karim Rashid. Swindle. Archived March 7, 2009.
  4. ^ KenzoAmour Product Page at kenzousa.com
  5. ^ "Self-heating baby bottle, iiamo go: Less planning, more adventure! · [German] iiamo - BPA-free, classic and self-heating baby bottles". Iiamo.com. Retrieved 2016-09-08. 
  6. ^ Fairs, Marcus. "I want to change the world". https://www.theguardian.com/.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Bernstein, Fred A. "Karim Rashid Brings Kool-Aid Colors and Curves to Manhattan Condo Buildings". http://archrecord.construction.com/. McGraw Hill Financial.  External link in |website= (help)
  8. ^ Stone, Andrew. "10 Questions with...Karim Rashid". Interiordesign.net. Sandow. 
  9. ^ a b Susan Thurston (April 17, 2013). BoConcept furniture, Smart car join hands. Tampa Bay Times. Accessed October 2013.
  10. ^ "Temptation Resort Press Release" (PDF). 
  11. ^ a b c "The Man Behind The Garbage Can". Toronto Star. May 14, 2016. 
  12. ^ cityfile. "Karim Rashid". gawker.com. 
  13. ^ "Designboom". http://www.designboom.com/.  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ Goddard, Joanna. "One Is the Loveliest Color". http://nymag.com/. New York Media LLC.  External link in |website= (help)

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