Idealistic and prolific, today Karim Rashid is one of the most original voices in design.
Over 4000 projects in the pipeline, around 300 awards to his name, and work for clients in over 40 countries. Karim's ability to go beyond typologies makes him a force among the designers of his generation.
Karim's projects include luxury goods for Christofle, Alessi, and Veuve Clicquot; democratic products for Umbra, Bobble, and 3M; timeless furniture for Bonaldo, Tonelli, BoConcept, and Vondom; fine lighting systems for Artemide and Fontana Arte; high-tech products for Asus and SirinLabs; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati; iconic graphics for Citibank and Sony Ericsson; and award-winning packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo, and Eos.
Karim's influence also includes restaurants such as Amoje Food Capital in South Korea, including hospitality design for nhow Hotel Berlin and hotels for Prizeotels in Bremen, Hamburg and Hanover, the Università metro station in Naples, and commercial design for Fun Factory in Berlin and Munich.
He has collaborated on countless design exhibitions for clients such as Dupont Corian, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, and Audi. In 2017 Karim launched KURV Architecture D.P.C. with Alex Hughes AIA as his partner, providing a unique multidisciplinary approach to architecture, investment and development.
He has won the Red Dot award several times, the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, the Pentawards, and the IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award. He holds honorary degrees from Carlton University, Pratt Institute, OCAD in Toronto, the British Institute of Interior Design, and Corcoran College of Art & Design.
His works are held in 20 permanent collections at various art institutions around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Center Pompidou. He has exhibited worldwide and is a frequent external contributor to the Venice Biennale. A shaper of culture, Karim is a frequent guest speaker at university conferences worldwide, with aspirations to change the world by making design a subject in the public domain.
He is frequently featured in digital platforms and print media such as CNN, Vogue, Elle, GQ, the New York Times, and many others.
Karim's latest monograph, XX (Design Media Publishing, 2015), presents 400 pages of selected work over the past 20 years.