About the DesignerKarim Rashid
Egypt (1960 - )
With some 2500 objects put into production to date, Karim Rashid is one of the most well-known designers. Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1960, he is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior, fashion, furniture, lighting design and art. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Dirt Devil, Karim is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of the consumer culture. Karim's designs have appeared on MTV, VH1, HGTV, Friends, MTV Europe, The Style Channel, Fine Living and Fashion Television. "If I could design my own body, I would be a mixture of Dr. Spock, the Six-Million- Dollar-Man and Robocop." - Karim Rashid
Debuting in 2008, the Botanist Blank Canvas project features the original, limited-edition Collections of eight designers. Each designer began with a blank Botanist end table, cocktail table and bench and then imprinted them with a unique design. Not only are these pieces eco-friendly, durable and stunning, they also give back: a portion of the sale of every product in the Blank Canvas series goes to a charity of the designer"s choice. This bench features the abstract digital design of Karim Rashid, a leading figure in the fields of product and interior design, furniture, lighting and art. Designer Karim Rashid on the Orikami Series: What was your inspiration?
"I love meaningful decoration. Historically, decoration was used as a form of language, as well as a means of denoting the possibility of the human hand, the richness of craft and the workmanship of a period. With automation and the industrial revolution decoration was developed to carry on the spirit of the past, and a way of 'humanizing' industrial objects. Now in our new digital age we see new digitally inspired decorative language taking place. Once decoration spoke of ritual, religious iconography, or spiritual images - now I am interested in it speaking to us about our new spiritualism – the spirit of the digital and information age." Why is it important for you to give back?
"I want to give back to "Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS". It is one of the country's most proactive supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Merging care and commerce and design, since supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including: architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography and consumer product design I feel I can continue to make a contribution to a cause that also has made the world of design a more public subject." This Design Benefits:
A percentage of the sale of the Orikami Bench goes to the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the country's largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Designed by:
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- Botanist Orikami collection
- Limited-edition Orikami design
- Made of corrosion-resistant aluminum
- With UV and weather-resistant, solvent-free powder coat
- Surface mount security feet included
- Contract grade, residential or commercial use
- Indoor or outdoor use
- Rust resistant and great for pool use