Curator: Nicole Potvin
"The role of a designer today is to make the world a better place. By replacing the clutter of poorly designed objects with beautiful, high performing ones that are hopefully sustainable, ergonomic, and sensible yet seductive, we reduce the stress in our environments."
— Karim Rashid
Ottawa Art Gallery is pleased to present Karim Rashid: Cultural Shaping, the first large-scale presentation of the iconic designer’s work in Canada to date. The exhibition features industrial designs imbued with the sense of environmental responsibility and sustainability that is at the heart of much of Rashid’s current practice. Showcasing unique objects and original sketches, this exhibition includes over 200 award-winning designs. Iconic objects are highlighted, including the Garbino waste can and the Oh-chair designed for Umbra, as well as modular and reconfigurable furniture for BoConcept.
Combining ingenuity with eco-consciousness, Rashid’s re-usable Bobble water bottle exemplifies design that can shape consumption habits and point toward an environmentally conscious and sustainable future. His exquisite and utilitarian lighting for Artemide and Fontana Arte are as distinct as his design of high-tech products for Asus and SirinLabs. Iconic graphics for Citibank and Sony Ericsson—along with award-winning packaging for Pepsi, Method, Hugo Boss, Kenzo, and Eos—demonstrate how good design shapes contemporary culture.
Karim Rashid: Cultural Shaping, installation view, Ottawa Art Gallery, 2018. Photo: André Rozon