Posts tagged ‘minimalist’

March 14, 2012

Karim Rashid in Shanghai

On 12 March, BoConcept in Shanghai celebrated the release of a new collection by Karim Rashid.  Karim is a celebrated designer with collections, work, and art installations around the world.

BoConcept’s store in Shanghai is centered in the stylish Xintiandi neighborhood, and Shanghai residents can view the collection there.  Karim’s new Ottowa collection is a study in comfort, design and functionality.  Karim talked about the importance of furniture’s comfort and functionality, and how the collection was inspired by the city he first studied design in,Ottowa.

The event at BoConcept’s Shanghai store kicked off with Karim’s speech, and then he was presented a gift of “four treasures” – a calligraphy set.  He was put to a test to paint something with a calligraphy brush and came up with a self portrait.

The overall vibe of the collection is minimalist, yet modern and functional.  The table’s legs and shape are designed to accommodate tall people (Karim is quite tall – he overshadowed his Chinese translator!) with comfort.  The chairs are inspired by leaves and have cross-table profiles; perfect for tucking in your legs.  The collection also comes with a custom-designed set of espresso cups, saucers, and mugs.  Bright orange lamps serve as pops of color.

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