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Karim Rashid : biography

September 18, 1960 -

Karim Rashid is a industrial designer and interior architect. His designs include luxury goods, furniture, lighting, surface design, brand identity and packaging.

Karim has designed 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.

Karim's work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits in galleries world wide. Karim is a 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 guest lecturer at universities and conferences 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, and Wallpaper.

Karim's latest monograph, Sketch (Frame Publishing, 2012), 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).


  • Ideology of Beauty: Karim Rashid, Milovac, Tihomir – MSU Zagreb 2012
  • KarimSketch : Frame Publishers 2012, a monograph – ISBN 9077174613 ISBN 978-9077174616
  • I Protagonisti del Design: Karim Rashid, Colanna-Preti, Stefania, Hachette, 2012, a monograph
  • KarimSpace: the interior design and architecture of Karim Rashid , 2009, a monograph Rizzoli ISBN 978-0847832316
  • Design Your Self: Rethinking the Way You Live, Love, Work, and Play, Collins / Regan Books, 2006, a guide to living ISBN 978-0060839024
  • Digipop Taschen, 2005, a digital exploration of computer graphics ISBN 978-3822839959
  • Evolution Karim Rashid, Universe Rizzoli, 2004, a monograph ISBN 978-0789311979
  • A portfolio book, Karim Rashid, Chronicle Books, 2004 ISBN 0811842088
  • International Design Yearbook 18, Karim Rashid editor, Calmann and King, 2003
  • I Want to Change the World, Karim Rashid, Universe Rizzoli, 2001, a monograph ISBN 978-0789305312
  • Two CDs on a boutique label, Neverstop, USA 1999, compilations

Art shows and exhibitions

  • Oct 2012 Ideology of Beauty, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Sept 2012 Karim Rashid 20X12, Gering&Lopez Gallery, NYC, USA
  • Jun–Oct 2011 Avant Premiere, Group installation Art Plural Gallery, Singapore
  • Jun–Oct 2011 Sign off Design, Group sculpture installation Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • Nov 2011 Elephant Parade, public art installation across Singapore
  • Sept 2011 Karim Goes Dutch, retrospective of designs at Woonbeurs, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Mar–Jun 2011 Karimodworks, retrospective, MOD, Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 2011 Effetto Acciaio, Edizioni Galleria Colombari, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2011 Karim Sampler: Last 15 Years, Triennale, Milan, Italy
  • Dec–Jan 2011 LED light installation at the International LED Festival, Milan, Italy
  • Nov 2010 Unplanned Brutalism – Vintage20, NYC, USA
  • Sept 2010 Karim Rashid New Work – Spoke Club, Toronto, Canada
  • Sept 2010 Edizioni Galleria Colombari – Pavilion Art & Design, Stand 43, London, England
  • June 2010 Technoorganic – Object Gallery, Claremont, CA, USA
  • May 2010 The Hand Of the Designer – group show, Molesine, 210 Eleventh Ave, NYC/td>
  • Apr 2010 Blobulous – Edizioni Galleria Colombari, via Maroncelli 10, Milano, Italy
  • Mar 2010 Retrospective – Festival inSPIRACJE City, Szczecin, Poland
  • Mar 2010 Blobular World – Exhibition, Galeria Arte em Dobro, Rio, Brazil
  • Aug 2009 Reinventing Ritual- group exhibition, The Jewish Museum, NYC, USA
  • Aug 2009 Retrospective- Promenade du Port, Porto Cervo, Portugal
  • Aug 2009 Blobulous Worlds- digital art exhibition, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • May–June 2009 Konvolution- ceramic collection for Bitossi, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada Store, New York
  • Apr 2009 Eco Trans Pop- group exhibition, Paola Colombari Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2009 New Design – Galerie Yves Gastou, Paris, France
  • Mar 2009 Totally Rad – curated by Karim for the MAD Museum, New York, USA
  • Oct 2008 Art and Design in a Global World – retrospective, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Oct 2008 From 15 minutes into the Future – retrospective, Domotecka Design, Warsaw, Poland
  • July 2008 Blobulous – limited edition chairs and prints, Photo & Contemporary Gallery, Turin, Italy
  • Apr 2008 Kasa Digitalia – Concept Laminate House, Milan Triennale, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2008 Eliptik – One Off Sculpture, Light Lounge, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2008 Blobulous – limited edition chairs and prints, Paola Colombari Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • Apr 2008 From 15 minutes into the Future – Retrospective, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia,
  • Apr 2008 Second Skin – group exhibition, Museo de Arte Contemoraneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Feb 2008 Bloblove – digital aluminum paintings and rotomolded sculpture, Elga Wimmer Gallery, NYC, US
  • Jan 2008 Sex in Design/Design in Sex – group show featuring digital paintings and sketches, Museum of Sex, NYC, US
  • Dec 2007 Plastic Blobular Worlds – digital prints and rotomolded sculpture, Gallery Hotel, Singapore
  • Nov 2007 Karim Retrospective – prints and product retrospective, OCAD, Toronto, Canada
  • Aug 2007 Art Box – Glicee prints, Karim Rashid Shop, NYC, US
  • Jun 2007 Plastic Blobular Worlds – screenprints and digital prints, Courtyard Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • Jun 2007 Hotel Shpw – Concept Hotel Room, Dubai Hotel Show, Dubai, UAE
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