Karim Rashid was born in Cairo in 1960. He studied design in Italy and lived and worked in New York. He is considered to be one of the world’s most recognized, prolific and prominent designers.
Karim Rashid coined the concept of “democratization of design” and makes massive use of materials that enable mass production at reasonable cost and provide a quality experience for the end user.
According to his theory, quality design is not the sole domain of the well-to-do; rather it must be accessible to all.
Rashid designs furniture, lighting fixtures, kitchenware, clocks, table games, perfume bottles, clothes and shoes.
His works were exhibited in numerous museums worldwide and he has won dozens of prestigious design awards, such as perennial winner of the distinguished Red Dot Award, and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award.
He holds honorary doctorates from the Ontario college of Art & Design and Corcoran College of Art & Design.
In his spare time, Rashid records in clubs, deals in art and fashion and is determined to make an artistic connection with all aspects of our physical landscape.