35 Judges from 13 Countries



Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation. Eschewing style in favor of designing in the modus of our time, Karim’s designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Alessi, and Veuve Clicquot; democratic products for Umbra, bobble, and 3M; timeless furniture for Bonaldo, Tonelli, BoConcept, and Vondom; exquisite lighting for Artemide and Fontana Arte; high-tech products for Asus and SirinLabs; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati; iconic graphics for Citibank and Sony Ericsson; and award-winning packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo, and Eos.


Karim’s influence expands beyond product to interiors, including restaurants like Amoje Food Capital in South Korea; hospitality design for nhow Hotel Berlin and budget hotels for Prizeotels in Bremen, Hamburg, and Hannover; public environments like Universita Metro Station in Naples; and retail design for Fun Factory in Berlin and Munich. Additionally, he has collaborated on innumerable concept exhibitions for clients such as Dupont Corian, Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo, and Audi. In 2017 Karim launched KURV Architecture D.P.C. with partner Alex Hughes AIA, bringing a unique multidisciplinary approach to architecture, investment, and development. 


Numerous awards and accolades attest to Karim’s contribution to the world of design. He is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, Pentawards, and IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Carlton University, Pratt Institute, OCAD in Toronto, British Institute of Interior Design, and Corcoran College of Art & Design Contemporary artwork created by Karim ranges from digital prints to public art/ installation and sculpture. His works are featured in 20 permanent collections in various art institutions worldwide, including Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA, and The Center Pompidou. He has exhibited across the globe and is a frequent contributor to the Venice Biennale. He is represented by Sandra Gering Gallery in New York City. A cultural shaper, Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the world by making design a public subject. He is also regularly featured in print and digital platforms by media companies like CNN, Vogue, Elle, GQ, The New York Times, and countless more. This reach allows Karim to fulfill his ambition of disseminating the importance of design in everyday life.


Karim’s latest monograph, XX (Design Media Publishing, 2015), features 400 pages of work selected from the last 20 years. Other monographs include From The Beginning, an oral history of Karim’s life and inspiration (Forma, 2014); Sketch, featuring 300 hand drawings (Frame Publishing, 2011); KarimSpace, featuring 36 of Karim’s interior designs (Rizzoli, 2009); Design Your Self, Karim’s guide to living (Harper Collins, 2006); Digipop, a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005); Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books 2004); and classic titles  Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001). In his spare time Karim’s pluralistic practice flirts with art, fashion, and music and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape.

  1. USA
    Director. Karim Rashid
    Karim Rashid Inc

  2. USA
    Prof. Andy Law
    Rhode Island School of Design

  3. KOREA
    Prof. Hyunsun Kim
    IDAS. Hongik University

  4. JAPAN
    Prof. Yoshimaru Takahashi
    Osaka University of Arts

  5. JAPAN
    Prof. Shingo Ando
    Kyoto Arts and Crafts University

  6. KOREA
    Prof. Jaeho Kim
    Kaywon University of Art and Design

    Director. Thomas Johansson

  8. KOREA
    Prof. Kang Bumkyu
    Dongseo University

  9. USA
    Prof. Andrea Ruggiero
    Parsons School of Design

  10. JAPAN
    Director. Tetsuya Matsumoto
    KTX archiLAB

  11. CANADA
    Founder. Takashi Yamada

    Prof. Hans Tan
    National University of Singapore

    Artist-Designer. Kostas Metaxas
    Metaxas & Sins

  14. CHINA
    President. An Luo
    TEAMS Design

  15. ITALY
    Director. Michi Del Rosso
    AWD Agency

    Prof. Brian Lucid
    Massey University

  17. CHINA
    Prof. Bao Haimo
    Dalian Minzu University

  18. TAIWAN
    Prof. Meng-Cong Zheng
    National Taipei University of Technology

  19. CHINA
    Prof. Gou Rui
    Southwest Jiaotong University

    Director. Virginia Lung

  21. KOREA
    Prof. Taesun Kim
    Kyungil University

  22. JAPAN
    Director. Keiko Akatsuka
    Keiko Akatsuka & Associates

  23. JAPAN
    President. Masuo Fujimura
    Fujimura Design Studio

  24. CHINA
    Prof. Fangliang Wang
    Shenzhen University

  25. JAPAN
    Director. Emi Kawasaki

  26. CHINA
    Director. Wang Guanhua

  27. CHINA
    Prof. Gan SenZhong
    Art College of Xiamen University

  28. CHINA
    Prof. Yuxiang Kuang
    Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics art of school

  29. IRAN
    Director. Aidin Ardjomandi
    Arena Design Studio

  30. CHINA
    Prof. Huang Yuexin

  31. TAIWAN
    Prof. Lai Yueh Hsing
    Cheng Shiu University

  32. KOREA
    Prof. Sunah Kim
    Kumoh National Institute of Technology

  33. MACAU
    Director. Bob Lei
    Todot Design & Planning Limited

  34. CHINA
    Director. Fan Shizhong

  35. KOREA
    CEO. Doyoung Kim

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