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Karim Rashid

The Designer


Karim Rashid

The Power of Design Thinking

World-Renowned Designer

Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4,000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim's work is actively shaping our culture. His sweeping, layered talks reveal how design touches everything in our world, and why your organization must understand the importance of design thinking.

Karim Rashid's designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Alessi, and Veuve Clicquot; democratic products for Umbra, bobble, and 3M; timeless furniture for Bonaldo, Tonelli, BoConcept, and Vondom; exquisite lighting for Artemide and Fontana Arte; high-tech products for Asus and SirinLabs; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati; iconic graphics for Citibank and Sony Ericsson; and award-winning packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo, and Eos.

Karim’s influence expands beyond product to interiors, including restaurants like Amoje Food Capital in South Korea; hospitality design for nhow Hotel Berlin and budget hotels for Prizeotels in Bremen, Hamberg, and Hannover; public environments like Universita Metro Station in Naples; and retail design for Fun Factory in Berlin and Munich. He has collaborated on innumerable concept exhibitions for clients such as Corian, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, and Audi.

Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, Pentawards, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Carlton University, Pratt Institute, OCAD in Toronto, British Institute of Interior Design, and Corcoran College of Art & Design

His artwork is featured in 20 permanent collections in various art institutions worldwide, including Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA, and The Center Pompidou. He has exhibited across the globe and is a frequent contributor to the Venice Biennale. 

Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the world by making design a public subject. He is also regularly featured by CNN, Vogue, Elle, GQ, The New York Times, and many other media outlets. His latest monograph, XX, features 400 pages of work selected from the last 20 years. 


Design Thinking with Karim Rashid

Today, designers approach their work from a different perspective. Design has evolved based on a plethora of complex criteria: human experience; social, global, economic, and political issues; physical and mental interaction; form; vision; and a rigorous understanding of contemporary culture. However, manufacturing is based on another group of criteria: capital investment, market share, production ease, dissemination, growth, distribution, maintenance and service, performance, quality, ecological issues and sustainability. The combination of all of these components has come to shape our interiors, inform our aesthetic, our physical culture, and our human experiences. And they shape our businesses—identity, brand, and value.

Are companies really interested in people and in culture? Do manufacturers discuss personal rituals, the depths of private relationships, the warmth of family, the codes of love, the signs of human emotions, the regard for happiness, freedom, personal expression, the well-being of our human existence? And do they address these questions through the product they sell? Businesses can only be holistic and comprehensive if they're able to take this on—and the best way is through design thinking. In this talk, Karim Rashid will open your mind to how real change can happen with a practical dosage of creativity, design, and innovation.

Contact us to learn how Karim can craft a topic for your audience.

Why are we here on earth? To create. It’s in our nature.
— Karim Rashid