Wednesday, 04 July 2012 16:05

Designers take on ritual objects

Attempts to reimagine objects at the centre of rituals have proliferated in recent years, as designers seek to restore meaning to age-old habits and symbolism to significant but fleeting moments. Are such items bridging the gap between tradition and modernity or merely commodifying faith?

Published in Features

The prolific designer transforms the banality of everyday objects into something joyous – nowhere more so than in his new kitchen collection for Gorenje.

Published in News
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 15:59

Karim Rashid

I have chosen my five objects of desire based on things that I feel make life less stressful, more sensual and more engaging, while injecting some sort of human spirit into the everyday.

Published in Five Most Wanted
Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:29


If you grew up in 1980s Britain, it was a high-tech modern convenience – now it’s back as nostalgia.

Published in Review
Friday, 14 August 2009 14:15


A feature film about product design is a rare thing indeed. This one is set in a strangely familiar parallel universe with an all-star cast.

Published in Review
Friday, 10 July 2009 09:38

Westfield London

Carve out 43 acres of shed, fill it with cash registers, scrape on a thin layer of aesthetic jam and call it an icon.

Monday, 23 June 2008 10:52

Cult of Design

Plastic dolls of Karim Rashid and Jaime Hayon are the graduation project of Central Saint Martins student Olivia Lee, who decided to turn “the designer” into a product.
Published in NEWS

When icon was invited on a whistlestop tour of the Dutch design scene, we of course said yes. But the trip took on new meaning when, in last month’s issue, Marcel Wanders said design in the Netherlands was in crisis, stifled by state subsidies and a lack of business sense. So what do leading figures in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam think?

Published in ICON 012 | May 2004
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 12:36

Karim Rashid | icon 005 | September 2003

Karim Rashid has landed. Bam! Kapow! America's design superhero is here and he's going to save us from bad design. Rashid is the most successful, most self-promoting and fastest-talking designer on the other side of the Atlantic and his first UK projects - a boutique hotel for MyHotel in Brighton and the interior of a second one at Paddington, West London - are underway.