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
|Country of Manufacture: Italy|
The Foscarini keynote is research, into forms and materials, as well as ideas. Established in 1981 in Venice, Foscarini started out by exploring the opportunities offered by Murano glass. The management assures brand identity and coherence by careful conservation of its Murano heritage, whilst being ever ready to consider new objectives and to exercise its rare capacity for talent scouting.
The company works with both established designers who've created new trends and with younger, emerging exponents of alternative styles and approaches. This makes for a highly original catalogue and one of the most varied in the sector. Over the years, the range of materials used has expanded to include satin-finished glass, polyethylene, wood and aluminium, as well as patented materials such as an exclusive textured glass-tissue and carbone fibre composite or Kevlar R.