Designer Spotlight: Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid, born in Cairo yet raised in Canada, is one of the most influencial and well known designers in the world. Named “Most Famous Industrial Designer in All the Americas” by Time Magazine, Karim’s designs have taken the world by storm. With over 3000 designs in production, he has become a household name designing anything from a vaccuum for Dirt Devil to water filtering bottle for Bobble; he strives to bring his own style to everyday products. Famous for his love for curves and wild colors such as his trademark color, pink, its pretty easy to spot one of Karim’s products not to mention spotting Karim himself, often dressed head to toe in white and pink with his own hierogliphic symbols tattooed on his arms.
Karim has worked with some of the largest brands in the world from Samsung to Prada, creating everything from products to packaging. Not only known for his product designs and development, his resume of interior design is nothing short of incredible. Travelling the globe, Karim has worked in over 40 countries always leaving behind a piece of himself whether it be a restaurant or a hotel lobby, unlike your budget, his creativity has no limit. Having a space designed by the legend himself is a very prestigious honor and one that will leave your competition in tears; that is, if you can afford his services as they don’t come cheap.
Lucky for us (and you), he has collaborated with some of the lines we offer at Suite 22 including Bonaldo, Tonelli, Casamania, and Progetti. Some of our favorite products we offer are in fact those born from the mind of Karim such as the ‘Kandor‘ and ‘Dragonfly‘ lounge chairs made by Bonaldo and the ‘Dekon 2‘ coffee table by Tonelli. It’s something about his designs that demand attention and because of their unusual shapes and finishes, they seem to fit in any environment. We have recently teamed up with Italian ceramic manufacturer, Bitossi, who carry an incredible line of ceramic vases designed by Karim and his team which are simply pieces of art. You probably won’t stick flowers in them or use them in anyway but the shape and color of each item do more than enough. They should be arriving towards the end of August and on display in our showroom so make sure you drop in to see them in person.
As a humanitarian, writer, interior designer, industrial designer, artist, and DJ (yes, I said DJ) , we will leave off with a quote by Karim Rashid. “We have addressed the world’s problems. Now design is not about solving problems, but about a rigorous beautification of our built environments. Design is about the betterment of our lives poetically, aesthetically, experientially, sensorially, and emotionally.”