On a more mundane level, well-designed objects can add beauty and reflect the lives of those who use them. Trained as a designer in Ottawa and Milan under the tutelage of Ettore Sottsass and Gaetano Pesce, Rashid creates soft and fluid biomorphic forms that convey his desire to actualize the contemporary zeitgeist of virtual reality and underground music culture.
Carlton University Favorite Color: The Transparency of Evil: I loved the way he dissects contemporary culture and this my favorite book. The essays beautifully and seamlessly probe deep in the bowels of post- sixties orgies, hi and low art, deep culture to pop culture, and the socio-centric politics of Europe and the demise of communism.
He was our 20th century Nietzsche. Who is the 21st? For the last 20 years I eat almost only organic food. My favorite food is organic salads. When in New York I make them almost every day consisting of arugula, spinach, kale, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, red peppers, beans, red onion, beets, with either grilled organic chicken or tuna.
Once a week I eat grass fed filet mignon. Also my favorite food and drink are definitely dark Karim rashid and dark roasted espresso coffee.
We see the present. It is just that everyone else sees the past. What do industrial designers do? Industrial Designers desing products that are industrially produced. But I am much broader than that.
I work form micro to macro, form jewlery to buildigns, from high tehc products to interiors, from branding to packaging, and onward. Design has the power to shape a better, smarter world, to simplify yet inspire every Karim rashid, to make well-made and beautiful products accessible to all. Good design can shift and change human behavior and create new social conditions.
I preach about how design shapes the future and culture. What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go. I had accelerated high school so I was 16 when applying to university and was torn between architecture, fine art, and fashion.
I originally applied to study architecture at Carleton which was much too late and the program was full. So I went to Carleton university expecting to study architecture, but fate had it, that the second I took some industrial design courses I knew that that it is what I wanted to do.
I assumed that one had to be an architect to design a chair or coffee machine or a product. I loved the Italian product design landscape and all those products that I admired for years that were in our house were designed by architects.
In fact Italy did not have an industrial design school until The Carleton program was only in its second year so in turn, and not enough faculty or courses in industrial design, so the greatest experience I had was to study engineering, architecture, philosophy, languages, and have such a broad diversity of courses.
Were you always interested in design? I went sketching with my father in England drawing churches. He taught me to see — he taught me perspective at that age — he taught me that I could design anything and touch all aspects of our physical landscape. I remember drawing a cathedral facade and deciding I did not like the shape of the gothic windows so I redesigned them.
I drew them as ovals.
I also remember winning a drawing competition for children — I drew luggage my own ideas of how to travel. What has been your key or keys to success? Talent, hard work, perseverance, and consistency is the way to succeed. I have always been driven to create and speak about design and the world we live in.
In fact I think it happened because I am so passionate and this comes through in my writing, my interviews, my lectures, my press conferences and my projects. I have learned that many designers do a great deal of work but it remains in concept form only because the key to putting designs on the market is to make sure it is a collaboration.
If you work closely with a client and understand their needs you can be much more productive. I have had too many failures and have learned that design is a collaboration between one brand and my brand and one must listen, and work within that culture or nothing will go to market or get built.
Design is for people, not for museums.Nambé is pleased to offer an extensive collection of Karim Rashid's creations in metal, crystal and lighting. Rashid's fresh, beautiful and highly collectible Nambé illustrate our dedication to great design.
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Today poetic design is based on a plethora of complex criteria: human experience, social behaviors, global, economic and political issues, physical and mental interaction, form, vision, and a rigorous understanding and desire for contemporary culture.
Please rotate your device for better experience. Karim Rashid About Karim in construction Prizeotel Bern see project Cultural Shaping Exhibition see project in construction Switch Restaurant see project in construction Sutra Restaurant see project Prizeotel Bremen-City Lobby see project Konverse Sculpture see project Ven Hotel see project Signature Tiles Collection see.
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