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Karim Rashid

Born in Cairo, Egypt and English parents, and raised in Canada, Karim now resides in New York managing his private design studio. To date he has had some 3000 objects put into production and has successfully entered the realm of architecture and interiors, designing the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and Semiramis Hotel in Athens. His work is in the permanent collections of fourteen museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and he exhibits art in various galleries. Rashid was an associate Professor of Industrial Design for 10 years at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, (1996 to 2005) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn (1993 to 1999), and RISD (1991-1992). He also taught part-time at OCAD (1997-1999) and is now a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally.

Rashid's award winning designs include democratic objects such as the Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, bobble water bottle, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel, Athens and exhibitions for Deutsche Bank and Audi. Rashid has collaborated with clients to create democratic design for Method and Dirt Devil, bikes for Biomega, furniture for Artemide and Magis, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot, Swarovski and Kenzo, to name a few. Designed wrist watch for Italian company Alessi.

Web-Site from Karim Rashid: www.karimrashid.com