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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Karim Rashid

The Future of Design

March 30, 2017

Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid’s creativity finds form in commercial product design, hospitality and retail design, packaging, interiors, architecture, and contemporary art. With over 4,000 designs in production — ranging from high-end Pepsi bottles to the facade of New York high-rises — Rashid’s massive international client roster includes Alessi, Veuve Clicquot, Umbra, Bobble, 3M, Method, Eos, Bonaldo, Audi, and Citibank. Rashid’s visual art is featured in 20 permanent collections in art institutions worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA, and The Center Pompidou. His philosophical refusal of a typological creative identity has contributed to his reputation as a culture-maker, thought-leader, and proponent of the importance of design in everyday life.

Rashid is a perennial winner of the Red Dot Award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, Pentawards, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award. He received a Bachelor of Industrial Design in 1982 from Carleton University. Karim’s 2015 monograph, XX (Design Media Publishing), features 400 pages of work selected from the last 20 years.

Supported by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, stewards of the UNESCO City of Design designation.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.