Karim Rashid was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1960, and grew up mainly in Canada. He received a Bachelor of Industrial Design in 1982 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. He pursued graduate study in Italy, and then moved back to Canada. Several years later, he opened his own practice in New York in 1993. His current studio is located just a few blocks away from Uncommon Goods! Karim's extensive body of work includes designs for furniture, lighting, electronic products, fashion, art, and space design.
His clients include: Nambe, Umbra, Idee, Issey Miyake, Totem, Pure Design, Zeritalia, Fasem, Guzzini, Estee Lauder, Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani, Sony, Magis, Leonardo, Zanotta, Prada, Maybelline, Yahoo, George Kovac, Citibank, Nienkamper, YSL, and others. Karim has over 70 objects in permanent collections and his work has been exhibited at renowned museums throughout the world, as well as in private galleries.
He has received numerous awards, including: Canadian Design Hero 2001, the Daimler Chrysler 1999 Award, the George Nelson Award 1999, the Silver IDEA Award 1999, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Collaborative Award 1999, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art Designer of the Year 1998.
His work has been published in many design journals, and periodicals, including The New York Times, GQ, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, House and Home, House and Garden, Metropolitan Home, New York Magazine, and Food and Wine.
He was a full time Associate Professor of Industrial Design for ten years at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pratt Institute, RISD, and the Ontario College of Art, lectures internationally, and has just released a book of his works.