• 2022 Conference Dates: Sunday, June 19 - Thursday, June 23

  • 2022 Trade Show Dates: Tuesday, June 21 - Thursday, June 23

  • Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV USA

Opening-Day Speaker 2021

Karim Rashid

Principal/Owner, Karim Rashid Inc.

Opening Day Session L21SP4 | The Business of Beauty with Karim Rashid | October 27, 2021 | 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Included with conference or exhibit hall registration; seating is first come, first served.

Course Description: Are companies really interested in people and culture? Do brands discuss personal rituals, warmth of family, regard for happiness, personal expression, well-being of human existence? And do they address these questions through the product they sell? Industrial speed has had a great effect on progress, communication, the global economy and on our human psyche. Yet our human experiences are becoming less apparent and products around us have taken on a banality and certain sameness due to rapid mass-production, lack of research and development, lack of interest in a cultural significance, and low-capital investments due to the mass mechanization of the twentieth century. Businesses can only be holistic if they are able to address these issues.

About Karim Rashid: Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4000 designs in production, over 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation.

Eschewing style in favor of designing in the modus of our time, Karim’s designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Alessi, Veuve Clicquot, and Riva 1920; democratic products for Umbra, Paul Mitchell, and 3M; timeless furniture for Ronaldo, Tonelli, BoConcept, and Vondom; exquisite lighting for Artemide and Fontana Arte; high-tech products for Asusand SirinLabs; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati; iconic branding for Hugo Boss and Citibank; and award-winning packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo, and Eos.

Karim’s influence expands beyond product to interiors, including restaurants like Switch in UAE; hospitality design for park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam City West, Temptation Resort Cancun, and budget hotels for Prizeotel in Bremen, Hamburg, Munster, and Erfurt; public environments like Universita Metro Station in Naples; residential design like Paraiso Bayviews in Miami; and retail design for Fun Factory in Berlin and Munich. Additionally, he has collaborated on innumerable concept exhibitions for clients such as Dupont Corian, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, and Audi.

Numerous awards and accolades attest to Karim’s contribution to the world of design. He is a perennial winner of theRed Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, Pentawards, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.

Heholds Honorary Doctorates from Carlton University, Pratt Institute, OCAD in Toronto, British Institute of Interior Design,and Corcoran College of Art & Design.Contemporary artwork created by Karim ranges from digital prints to public art/ installation and sculpture. His works arefeatured in 20 permanent collections in various art institutions worldwide, including Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA,and The Center Pompidou. He has exhibited across the globe and is a frequent contributor to the Venice Biennale, aswell as exhibiting major retrospectives of his design work in Sao Paulo, Seoul, Milan, and Ottawa.

A cultural shaper, Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the world by making design a public subject. He is also regularly featured in print and digital platforms by media companies like CNN, Vogue, Elle, GQ, The New York Times, and countless more. This reach allows Karim to fulfill his ambition of disseminating the importance of design in everyday life.

Karim’s last monograph, XX (Design Media Publishing, 2015), features 400 pages of work selected from the last 20 years.Other monographs include From The Beginning, an oral history of Karim’s life and inspiration (Forma, 2014); Sketch,featuring 300 hand drawings (Frame Publishing, 2011); KarimSpace, featuring 36 of Karim’s interior designs (Rizzoli,2009); Design Your Self, Karim’s guide to living (Harper Collins, 2006); Digipop, a digital exploration of computer graphics(Taschen, 2005); Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books 2004); and classic titles Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001). Karim established his private design studio in New York City in 1992. He expanded his global reach with a studio in Shenzhen, China in 2014.

In his spare time Karim’s pluralistic practice flirts with art, fashion, and music and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape.

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