Photo Gallery: Karim Rashid’s Decorating Style
Rashid’s love of colour and sculptural forms is evident is his own apartment in New York City. The black pendant light may have been too dramatic in a room with dark walls, but the white cabinets and pastel accents here keep the space light and welcoming.
Organically-shaped windows and two-seater sofas create a cosy vibe. “My idea was to create a restaurant that is sensual, romantic and comfortable, without being nostalgic or contrived,” explains Rashid. “A white glass communal table, sinuous walls and booths surround guests in a hypervisual experience.”
“I designed Jean-Georges’ Market to emulate the experience of stepping into the chic kitchen of a friend’s house,” Rashid says. The two-storey restaurant is sparse and neutral compared to Rashid’s other projects, but stands out because of its organic and natural style — echoing the simplicity of Jean-Georges’ dishes.
The Semiramis Hotel is Rashid’s pride and joy. He designed everything from the building, furniture and pool to the soap and forks. “It is my proudest, most total project to date,” he says. Rashid divided this open-concept lounge with transparent orange screens. With eye-catching orange and pink carpet underfoot, the mostly white furniture grounds the space.
Rashid’s signature organic shapes and fluid designs are particularly evident in this space. Covering the ceiling in the same hardwood as the floor directs the eye upward, creating an intimate atmosphere. The wall installation also follows the waved wood of the ceiling.
Smart design grants this Prizeotel hotel room in Bremen, Germany, an uncluttered and spacious look. One of Rashid's tricks is to skip furnishings that aren't absolutely necessary: "Have less, but more functional, furniture," he suggests. &
Rashid used his and her cutout faces to frame the entrance, parallel furniture and matching yellow walls to create symmetry, warmth and a sense of serenity in this space. With busy patterned flooring, symmetrical furniture adds a sense of order.
This glitzy dining room gleams with gold, silver and glass. The metallic wallpaper on the structural wall ups the ambiance, while the glossy floor reflects the lights overhead. Rashid added fiberglass and resin tables for even more luxe shine.
Rashid transformed Mozzart, a betting and gambling mecca in Serbia, into a kaleidoscopic escape. This matrix, floor-to-ceiling pattern mirrors the energy and excitement of gambling. “I had to strategize on how to best design these narrow areas and low ceilings,” he explains. Recessed lighting and built-in display shelves save space, for example, while bold pattern distracts from the small size of the room.
This retail space, designed by Rashid, follows one of his golden rules: “Add interest to large white spaces with strong, positive colours.” In this pharmacy, bright partitions and a floor stencil add just the right amount of drama.