Karim Rashid (Egyptian, b. September 18, 1960) is an industrial designer who was born in Cairo, Egypt, to Egyptian and English parents. He was raised in Canada, and attended Carleton University in Ottawa, where he received a BA in Industrial Design in 1982. After earning his undergraduate degree, he went on to attend school in Italy, where he obtained a graduate degree. Rashid is responsible for creating over 3000 designs, and has won more than 300 awards for the work he has done.
He now lives in New York, where he manages his private art studio. His designs include work in fashion, interiors, furniture, music, lighting, and other areas. Rashid has created award-winning designs for companies such as Asus, Samsung, Christofle, Veuve Clicquot, Umbra, Bobble, Citibank, Alessi, 3M, and Sony Ericsson. He has done interior design work in places such as the Semiramis hotel in Athens, the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia, the Università Metro Station in Naples, and the Nhow hotel in Berlin. Rashid often speaks as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities around the world. He worked as an associate Professor of Industrial Design for ten years.
His work can be seen in the permanent exhibitions of fourteen museums all over the world, including The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Rashid and his work have been featured in numerous magazines such as Vogue, Time, Esquire, Wallpaper, and GQ. He is the winner of many awards, including the Red Dot award, the I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, the IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award, and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award. Rashid continues to display his artwork in galleries worldwide. Some of his latest work is featured in a monograph called Sketch. This publication was released in 2011 and features a collection of 300 digital and hand drawings done by Rashid over the previous 25 years.