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Designer Spotlight: Karim Rashid

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One of the most prolific and recognizable (him—not necessarily his product) artists of this generation Karim Rashid has over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and has worked in over 35 countries.

His flamboyant and recognizable style gets lost in the mix when you hear him speak about his passion – design. To quote him: “For the longest time Design only existed for the elite and a small insular culture. I have worked hard for the last 20 years trying to make design a public subject”. He is a frequent lecturer and he will tell you he loves to speak to any and all groups. He holds Honorary Doctorates from OCAD in Toronto and from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington. He has also authored several books – the latest of which is a retrospective on the last 20 years of his work. At 400 pages long this book could not display everything he has in production. To design product is one thing, to have a company manufacture it is another. His products sell and the manufacturers know it.

His award winning products includes luxury items for Christofle, Veuve Clicquot and Alessi, lighting for Artemide, furniture for Bonaldo (Italy) and Huppe (Canada) – the list is long. In our store alone we have many of his products. Many times you will ask “Is that a Karim Rashid?” but not know for sure since his work is anything but cookie cutter.   Love it or hate it you have to admit that his product will generate a conversation at the very least.

Have a look at some of our favorites you can find at Sklar.

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