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OAG Highlights Design Icon Karim Rashid’s Cultural Shaping with Large-Scale Exhibit

OAG Highlights Design Icon Karim Rashid’s Cultural Shaping with Large-Scale Exhibit

Karim Rashid has been coined the “most famous industrial designer in all the Americas" and “Prince of Plastic,” and now, right here in Ottawa at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), the iconic industrial designer will be celebrated in a large-scale exhibit opening on October 11th.

The Egyptian-born and Canadian-raised icon’s career spans over 30 years and he is known for his sleek, modern designs of goods such as furniture, household accessories, footwear and much more. Some of his most recognized designs include the best-selling GARBO waste basket and the OH chair, both designed for home accessories company UMBRA.

Though Rashid has his works on permanent display all over the world, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou to name a couple, this showcase at the OAG marks his first large-scale exhibit in Canada. Ottawa specifically is a significant place for Rashid as he is a Carleton University alumni – he received his Bachelor in Industrial Design from the school in 1982 before pursuing his graduate studies in Italy.

This latest exhibit, entitled Karim Rashid: Cultural Shaping, will showcase over 200 of Rashid’s award-winning designs, as well as many new designs and sketches that highlight the sense of environmental responsibility and the sustainability that is at the very heart of Rashid’s latest works. Designs include the aforementioned pieces for UMBRA, his revolutionary Bobble water bottle and iconic package design he’s done for major companies like Pepsi, Method and Hugo Boss.

The exhibit runs from October 11th, 2018 to February 10th, 2019. The opening of the exhibit will be celebrated with a free launch party on Wednesday, October 10th at 6 PM, and a keynote lecture by the icon himself called “Analogue versus Digital” on October 11th at 7 PM. Tickets for the lecture are available now through Eventbrite.

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