Cairo-born Karim Rashid is known for his use of bright colors and sensual curves, and with a client list of big names such as Samsung, Hyundai, BoConcept, Umbra, and Bobble, it’s no wonder he has been called by Time magazine the “most famous industrial designer in all the Americas.”
Needless to say, his Hell’s Kitchen digs are flooded with pops of color, wild patterns, and (of course) his iconic designs.
Rashid and his wife Ivana looked at 63 different residences before choosing the two-story Hell’s Kitchen townhouse with ample outdoor space, set into a building designed by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson. His three pre-requisites, according to New York Design Hunting, were: high ceilings, daylight, and a different level for his child to sleep on.
Cosmetic changes were made to the 2,800-square-foot apartment to better accommodate Rashid’s unique taste. This included the installation of a shimmering, green-mirrored backsplash in the kitchen, and white wood floors.
The bright, sometimes neon, shades of the upholstery, carpets, various appliances, decorative sculptures, and paintings greatly stand out against the primarily white-washed walls and floors.
His daughter Kiva’s nursery contains funky furnishings, such as “The Floob lamp,” which is Rashid’s design for Foscarini; a hot pink rocking chair by Bailey Rocker; and a curvy crib (aptly named “The Tulip crib”) by Leander.
His meticulously-organized closet proudly displays his signature style (cue the color-coded hanging shirts and a perfectly-placed array of sunglasses).
Much of the décor in the apartment, including the wallpaper in the guest bedroom (below), bears Rashid’s own designs for various companies.
Being surrounded by his own work provides Rashid with a comfort zone that continually inspires him, reports New York Design Hunting.
“Living with all my stuff gets me into my own world,” the designer said. “I can find the soul of my work.”