Artist Karim Rashid prefers his thoughts to come out fluidly, candidly and in the moment. He believes technology is essential in the design process to create realistic visualizations, produce infinite, realistic variations and ensure perfection and authenticity. He also firmly believes drawing on paper – the instantaneous connection of mind to hand – to be the quintessential basis of the design process. Knowledge in the Brain is filled with his symbols and words, just like his own brain. Viewers can interpret the non-lingual symbols as they see fit. The beauty of abstraction will always be self-interpretation and higher spiritual meaning. The words are new phrases created by the artist that represent this last century.
His award-winning designs include the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel, Athens and exhibitions for LG Hausys and Audi. His work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, Interior Design Best of Year award and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.