Karim Rashid is well known personality in the world of design, recognised for his unique character and designs style, where the use of colour and organic shapes grace each of his projects.
Born in Cairo, Egypt to an Egyptian father and English mother, Karim was raised in Canada. He received a BA in Industrial Design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canadain 1982, and later pursued a post-graduate degree in design studies in Naples, Italy (taught by Ettore Sottsass).
On return to Canada in the late 80’s, Karim co-founded and designed the Babel Fashion Collection and North between 1985-91. In 1992, he opened his private design studio in New York City.
His award winning designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Veuve Clicquot, and Alessi, democratic products for Umbra, Bobble, and 3M, furniture for Bonaldo and Vondom, lighting for Artemide and Fabbian, high tech products for Asus and Samsung, surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati, brand identity for Citibank and Sony Ericsson and packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo and Hugo Boss.
Some of his best known projects are the Morimoto Restaurant, Philadelphia; the Semiramis Hotel, Athens; the Nhow hotel, Berlin; and Universitá Metro Station, in Naples as well as exhibition design for Deutsche Bank and Audi.
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