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Karim Rashid, a global designer, is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. With over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards, over 100 exhibitions of his work globally, and working in over 40 countries attest to Karim's legacy of design.

His award winning designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Veuve Clicquot, and Alessi, to democratic design for Umbra, Bobble, 3M, and Scavolini, furniture for BoConcept, Bonaldo and Vondom, lighting from Artemide to Fabbian, high tech products for Asus and Samsung, brand identity from Citibank to Sony Ericsson to packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo and Hugo Boss, surface design for Marburg, Tarkett, and Abet Laminati, Interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia, Semiramis hotel, Athens, NHOW hotel, Berlin, and Naples Metro Station, as well as exhibition design for Deutsche Bank and Audi. Karim's work is featured in more than 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot Award, Penta Awards, Interior Design Awards, Index Awards, Chicago Good Design Award, IDSA Industrial Design Award, IF Awards, among many others.

Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally disseminating the importance of design in everyday life. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the OCAD, Toronto and Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington. Karim has been featured in magazines and books including Time, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Wallpaper, and countless more. Karim's latest monograph Karim Sketch (Frame Publishing 2011) exemplifies 300 hand and digital drawings selected from the last 25 years, and KarimSpace, (Rizzoli 2009) featured 36 of Karim's interior architecture designs. Other books include Karim's guide to living, Design Your Self (HarperCollins, 2006), Digipop, a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005), Compact portfolio published by Chronicle Books (2004), as well as two monographs titled Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001). 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.


The Future of Design

Wednesday, May 6 • 5:30 – 6:15pm

The world is becoming very savvy - both visually and about information. The energy and times are hypertrophic and consumers are perpetually interested in being stimulated, in being excited about their physical environment. It is the residue of the digital age. Everything needs to be designed. I see the future of our aesthetic world crossing all the aesthetic disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food, music, fuse together to increase our experiences and bring greater pleasure to our material and immaterial lives. Our motivations should focus around our conscious collective memory and a desire to fill it with ideas that are seamless between art and life. I bring differentiation, innovation, and human needs and desires to companies– all necessary in business today, without this, brands will not survive in our shrinking global highly competitive market place.