September 10, 2005 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon
Karim Rashid serves as one of three resident judges on the new USA Network original reality/competition series “Made in the USA,” which premieres on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
Rashid is an industrial designer and a cultural shaper. His perspective is global and his projects encompass product furniture, lighting, interiors, fashion, and art. Rashid opened his New York studio in 1993 and his clients include Umbro, Issey Miyoke, Cappellini, Prada, Nambe, Magis, Frighetto, Artemide, Bozart, Mikasa, and Copco, among others. To date, Rashid has had more than 2000 objects produced and housed in the permanent collections of 14 museums.
Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1960, Rashid was raised in England and Canada. He was schooled at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where he earned his bachelor of industrial design from the prestigious Canadian institute. Following his undergraduate studies in Ottawa, Rashid pursued graduate design studies in Naples, Italy with Ettore Sottsasses and others before moving to the Rodolfo Bonetto Studio in Milan for one year.
In 1993, Rashid opened his design practice in New York City where he designs for companies Nambe, Issey Miyake, Pure Design, Fasem, Guzzini, Tommy Hilfiger, Sony, Zanotta, Citibank, as well as others. His work has been exhibited and placed in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1999); Museum of Modern Art in New York (1994-98); Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco (1998-99); Chicago Athenaeum (1994-99); Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio; Museum of Decorative Arts in Montreal; Toronto Design Exchange; The Israel Museum in New York; The British Design Museum in London; Tokyo Gas and The Groningen Museum in Holland. Rashid’s work also has been published internationally.
Rashid’s work has been recognized with the following awards: Daimler Chrysler Award (USA); 1999 George Nelson Award; 1999 Silver IDEA Award for the OH Chair; 1999 Philadelphia Museum of Art Collab Award; 1998 Brooklyn Museum of Art Designer-of-the-Year with 11 works in permanent collection.
Rashid served as a full-time professor in Industrial Design at the University of Arts in Philadelphia for six years and taught at the Pratt Institute, RISD and the Ontario College of Art. He also has lectured at several schools internationally.