Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 40 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design.
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.
Karim’s touch expands beyond product to interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia; Semiramis hotel, Athens; Nhow hotel, Berlin; Universita Metro Station, Naples as well as exhibition design for Deutsche Bank and Audi.
His work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries world wide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.
Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally disseminating the importance of design in everyday life. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the OCAD, Toronto and Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington. Karim has been featured in magazines and books including Time, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Wallpaper, and countless more.
His latest monograph, Sketch (Frame Publishing, 2011), features 300 hand and digital drawings selected from the last 25 years. Other books include KarimSpace, featuring 36 of Karim’s interior architecture designs (Rizzoli, 2009); Design Your Self, Karim’s guide to living (Harper Collins, 2006); Digipop, a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005); Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books 2004); as well as two monographs, titled Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001).
In his spare time Karim’s pluralism flirts with art, fashion, and music (he just released an electro-pop album under the title: Change the World) and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape.
AÏTALI is creating furniture since 2004, when its founder Samy Ait-Ali designs the Aqua Chair which is printed and cut into acrylic glass immediately and catalyzing the birth and development of the Company. Starting in 2005, Karim Rashid, the New York designer, designs a collection of furniture for AÏTALI, thereby introducing Pop Art in the Company’s portfolio. In 2008, the paths of Samy Ait-Ali and designer’s Fernando Nunes cross: a fascination for the purity of acrylic material ensues and the possibilities become endless as this offers aesthetic triggers and new inspirations. Fernando Nunes becomes Artistic Director of AÏTALI and develops a new collection of furniture engraved with various forms. Apart from these co-operations, Samy Ait-Ali works with Kossi Aguessy and, in 2009, they develop a system for art wall panels. This collection is presented in preview, for the first time, at the NOW! Show in Paris in September 2009.
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