Karim Rashid for Alloy Design:
Check out Karim Rashids new metal mosaics line for Alloy Design out of Australia alloydesign.com.au. You can find Alloy tiles distributed in Canada and the US through Ann Sacks annsacks.com. These simple yet elegant tiles have been redesigned in a series of shapes or “cells” in Copper, Stainless Steel, Raw steel, Brass and Titanium. Karim who is known for his simplistic, fun, colorful and “blob-like” forms named each of his simple cell shapes with names that represent movement and energy: infinit, karma, kink, kismet, ninja, ubiquity and flux. Pattern, grid and repetition have always fascinated Karim who obsesses over form and simplicity.
I had the pleasure of meeting up with Karim a few years ago at the Interior Design show in Calgary as was impressed in how dedicated to his design concepts and philosophy he is and yet how down to earth and approachable he can be. Karim loves to spend time with design students to really enhance their experience and inspire their creativity. It would have been wonderful to be under his wing as an intern. The playfulness and yet thoughtfulness in his designs are very well balanced and show an effortless simplicity that offers fluidity and fun to everyday life.
Karim’s inspiration:“I am inspired by every project I have worked on, by every city I have traveled to, by every book I have read, by every art show I have seen, by every song I have heard, and by every smell, taste, sight, sound, and feeling.” Karim has a diverse range of inspiring artists from Andy Warhol and David Bowie to film director Stanley Kubrick and designers Saarinen, Niemeyer and Noguchi.