19 July 2010
Posted by Paul Anater at 6:35 AM
Karim Rashid is a 50-year-old, Egyptian-born, Canadian-raised, Italian-educated force of nature. He's an industrial designer whose Manhattan design practice seems to touch every product category in existence. A year ago he designed a line of appliances for the Slovenian manufacturer Gorenje.
Gorenje isn't distributed in North America unfortunately, but looking over this collection is almost enough to make me want to import them myself.
Distinctive doesn't begin to describe the eye and hand of Mr. Rashid and I have to say that I've never felt the urge to describe an induction cooktop as ethereal until I saw this.
That same design is available in either induction or radiant electric. Amazing.
Here's his version of a wall oven.
That same wall oven is available in a variety of colors and what's interesting about them is that the color comes from LEDs hidden in the recessed handle.
Dear Gorenje, please enter the North American market. Please.