Karim Rashid was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1960;
Half English, Half Egyptian and raised in England and Canada.
He received a bachelor of industrial design in 1982 from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He pursued graduate design studies in Naples, Italy, with Ettore Sottsass and others, then moved to Milan for one year at the Rodolfo Bonetto studio.
In 1993 he opened his design practice in new york city, where he continues to live and work.
Karim Rashid is a designer of unusually sensual and intellectual products and has worked for numerous clients globally such as Idee, Issey Miyake, Zeritalia, Fasem, Guzzini, Giorgio Armani, Magis, Edra, Leonardo, Zanotta, Prada, Nienkamper, YSL, and others.
His work has been exhibited at and placed in the permanent collections of the philadelphia museum of art (1999); MOMA new york (1994-98); SFMOMA (1998-99); chicago athenaeum, chicago (1994-99); wexner center, columbus, ohio; museum of decorative arts, montreal; toronto design exchange, toronto; the israeli museum, new york; the british design museum, london; tokyo gas, tokyo; the groningen museum, holland; and others.
Awards include the daimler chrysler 1999 award, USA; george nelson award 1999; the silver IDEA award for the "oh chair' 1999; the philadelphia museum of art collab award 1999; the brooklyn museum of art designer of the year 1998 with 11 products into permanent collection.
He was a full-time associate professor in industrial design at the university of the arts in philadelphia for 6 years and taught at pratt institute, RISD and the ontario college of art, and lectured at several schools internationally.