Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 35 countries attest to Karim's legend of design. Karim's work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally disseminating the importance of design in everyday life and has been featured in magazine and books including Time, Financial Times, NY Times, Esquire, GQ and countless more.
In 2009 Rizzoli released Karim's latest monograph KarimSpace, featuring 36 of Karim's interior architecture designs. Other books include Karim's guide to living, 'Design Your Self' (Harper Collins, 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 DJing, art and fashion and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical landscape.
After specifying ALLOY tiles in several high profile projects, this year, Karim + ALLOY release a range sculptural metal tiles. Organic in form and punched from individual sheets of solid high quality metal, the Karim for ALLOY collection consists of eight tile ‘cells’.
“I have always been obsessed with patterns,” he says. “Working with ALLOY has given me a great opportunity to play with the idea of pattern, grid, and repetition.
A pattern is a way of giving richness and depth to our Cartesian landscape. The more diversity of line, shape, and composition, the more interesting a single cell is. The undulating, curvilinear forms give a 2-dimensional surface a sense of 3-dimensions. These elements repeat in a predictable manner but they are designed to contradict the square tile.
This collection for ALLOY is organic in shape because I believe that the world needs a softening and a more fluid human spirit.”