Karim Rashid

He was born in 1960 in Cairo.
When he was young, he moved to Canada, where he graduated in industrial Design at the Carleton University of Ottawa in 1982. He continued his studies of design in Italy, in Naples with Ettore Sottsass and at Rodolfo Bonetto’s Industrial Design studio in Milan. On his return to Canada he collaborated with KAN Industrial Designers in Toronto and, at the same time, he established his first studio: Babel Inc. and North Studio (1985-91).

He participated as juror in many international events and he himself has been awarded several times.

He was professor of Industrial Design at University of Arts of Philadelphia for 10 years, moreover, he taught at the Pratt Institute of New York, at the Design School in Rhode Island and at the Ontario College of Art.

His design objects are exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Israeli Museum and the Museum of Modern Art of New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Chicago Athenaeum; the Museum of Decorative Arts of Montreal; the Toronto Design Exchange; the British Design Museum of London; the Emily Carr Museum of Vancouver; the Tokyo Gas; the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art; the Groninger Museum in Holland.


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