Karim Rashid, born in Cairo, half Egyptian and half English, grew up in Toronto and is one of the most creative and diverse designers today, dynamically touching every aspect of design from furniture to accessories, sunglasses, toys, in fact he has over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and is working in over 40 countries but still manages to have fun in the meantime.
From his website: “In his spare time Karim's pluralism flirts with art, fashion, and music and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape”.
If you did not visit his website yet…please do it now, if not only for the fun of interacting playing your own music on it. What did I say above? FUN!
Vibrant colors and extravagant shapes are a trademark of this brilliant designer who I had the pleasure of meeting in Vancouver during IDSWest 2010 (Interior Design Show) to exchange a few words in Italian (he spent lots of time in Milan and Naples, studying design with Ettore Sottsass and others) and the energy he gave the audience was unbelievable, it was a very intense talk and we were scrambling to keep up with notes while he continued moving on the stage, standing, sitting, walking…very entertaining and inspiring. You can read my post on this event, and his philosophy of design, clicking on “Karim Rashid at IDSWest, Vancouver”.
Of course he has a few houses around the world, some simple as the prefab home (cost of about US 5,000 and three days for assembling it) outside new York and others more expensive and elaborated.
Let’s take a peek to some of his interiors:
A Loft with his own iconic pieces.
A bedroom in hot pink, white and purple, the painting on the wall was made by his wife.
Vibrant orange for this bedroom, full of energy.
A bathroom with funky tiles, pink sinks and red towels
Fresh mint green for another bathroom
A modular shelving created by Rashid, here with a collection of fun
and functional objects designed by him.
Finally…relaxing at home with his wife, probably a rare moment in the
life of this energetic and vibrant couple.
And now who first answered correctly my question on the previous post:
Congratulations to Princess Fingers Glued Together blog and to the others who took the time to write (you can see their comments on that post).
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Write by: A-Efendy - Friday, April 20, 2012