Designer George Sully and sneaker aficionado Henry Wong describe their Toronto-based brand, Sully Wong, as “a North American/Asian culture clash brought to you in a form of a sneaker.” Add to that cross-cultural rumpus the distinctive shapes and jazzy brights favored by Karim Rashid and the result is a sneaker-cum-desert boot that resembles a pair of Keds that stayed too long at the circus. The limited-edition Karim for Sully Wong shoes, which make their official debut at next month’s Magic trade show in Las Vegas and hit stores early next year for $299 per pop pair, will be available in four prints in eight colors, including Rashid’s preferred pink. Pictured here is the Kromo print in “kool blue,” which just happens to be a perfect match for Duchess Kate‘s post-baby Jenny Packham frock.
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Friend of UnBeige Karim Rashid (in whose plastic-shod footsteps Zaha Hadid is following by creating shoes for Melissa) has designed a new restaurant, and there’s not a right angle in sight. Kurve, the third New York restaurant to get the Rashid treatment, is an East Village pan-Asian bistro with a pod-enclosed central bar, a communal table, and walls that Rashid described in an e-mail as “organically undulating.” The place is wrapped in custom-printed pink, lime, and aqua wallpaper, “making the walls a large mural, blurring borderlines of graphic design, art, and architecture.” Rashid’s website has more details about Kurve’s design (including candy-colored renderings), and New York magazine’s Grub Street food blog has just posted photos of the place along with a Q&A with the designer. “I work with organic shapes that make the space fluid,” said Rashid of his predilection for rounded forms. “I believe in a soft world: I’m interested in this idea of living in a world with no corners. We’re soft, organic, asymmetrical as human beings. It’s very weird that we live in a Cartesian world.” That said, “A Cartesian World” sounds like a swell idea for a theme restaurant.
Your life will never be the same once you’ve cast your eyes upon the infamous Sleeping Pig by George Chang for Auto, featured as a best-seller in “Best Sellers and Bombs, and What Stores Are Betting On” in yesterday’s NY Times House & Home.
Flip through the slideshow to see picks from stores across the country–it’s very interesting to see what made it and what didn’t, especially when it comes to brand-name designers: They’re betting on Tord Boontje‘s new table for Moroso, but two Hella Jongerius pieces bombed (like the poor Hella Hippo), as did glassware by Karim Rashid, while John Derian‘s decoupage projects fared well with skeletons but not with playing cards.
Unfortunately we couldn’t smell the sweat firsthand, but our new favorite contributor Stephanie Murg filed this report from last night’s UnBeige party at the Karim Rashid Shop.
Karim Rashid‘s Garbo trash can is now standard issue in Westin hotels [cut to shot of grinning Starwood execs seated in artfully staggered row of Panton chairs] and last year, the designer got his first solo U.S. museum exhibition, at Oklahoma’s Price Tower Arts Center, where he left for the permanent collection a massive metallic blobject that probably keeps the ghost of Frank Lloyd Wright up at night. But Rashid’s not one to rest on his laurels, even if those laurels do include an awfully comfy chair–and another with a built-in bucket for your Veuve Clicquot. The next frontier? The CD case.
Rashid announced the in-progress project at last night’s UnBeige Design Party, which was held at the three-year-old Karim Rashid Shop on W. 19th St. in NYC. As designers, design writers, creative directors, and other design types sipped Rosemount Estate wine and munched upon shell-shaped Guylian chocolates amidst Rashid-designed objets, the man himself took the floor for some design affirmations. “Design is about shaping the contemporary world,” he said. “It’s not about fashion or style.”
In discussing his collaboration with ObliqSound on the second volume of ObliqSound Remixes, he praised the New York- and Hamburg-based label as one of the “small, rigorous companies that are receptive to ways that the world is changing,” a group that also prompted a shout-out to Method, which, Rashid reminded the crowd “a few years ago was just a couple of guys from San Francisco.”
The limited edition version of ObliqSounds Remixes Vol 2 comes tucked inside a circular rubber carrying case designed by Rashid and produced by Melissa Shoes, the Brazilian company that injects tutti-frutti scents into its PVC footwear. “With the packaging I tried to make the intangible tangible. The undulating line pattern on the CD, case, and bag are all inspired by the vibe of the jazz musicians. I sketched digitally as I listened,” said Rashid, who paid his way through college by DJing and once owned 12,000 records.
He announced last night that he is now focused on “revisiting the CD case” and developing a new way to package CDs that will “create a moment in time with a little more pleasure.”
Among those enjoying the pleasures of last night was Russell Flinchum, who wrote the book on industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss and reminds UnBeige readers that today is the last day to register for his MoMA course on car design, “The Automobile Aesthetically Considered.” Also on hand was Lydia Mann, who will soon join AIGA in New York as web director. Mann was new to the world of Rashid but is impressed by his creations–”and that’s saying something, because I consider myself a design snob.”
Stephanie Murg is a New York-based writer and art consultant whose work has appeared in such publications as ARTnews and Smithsonian. In her art consulting practice, she advises clients on collecting modern and contemporary art and design and the dynamics of the international art market. Her interests lie at the nexus of art, design, fashion, and capital markets.
Just a few shots of last night’s UnBeige bash at the House of Karim Rashid. We’ll have more to say about it in a bit. In the meantime, check out those shades!
Attention New Yorkers! The next UnBeige Design Party will be held this Thursday night at the Karim Rashid Design Shop. Keep in mind that partying with Rashid could mean one of four things:
We’ll be sending the intrepid Stephanie Murg to find out what transpires, as we can’t make it out there this time. Actually, our significant others won’t allow it.
Experimenting with multiple partners just wasn’t enough for Karim Rashid, he’s now moved on to the animal world. And of course we’re talking about design, what were you thinking?
Rashid is the designer of record for a doggie fragrance in the newest (only?) line of high-end canine beauty products, which he also apparently demanded be named after him: Sexy Beast.
Centered around the signature fragrance, this 3-step styling and finishing product line is designed for daily use and keeps dogs looking and smelling fresh as it extends the time between grooming appointments. Much like the way we wash, use deodorant and lotion and then finish with fragrance before we start each day, Sexy Beast is a daily beauty regimen for your dog.
And it doubles as an excellent aromatherapy chew toy.
Fast Company writer Linda Tischler writes to tell us she’s now seen it all–she’s just returned from the International Design Forum in Dubai and if she can sum the Dubai experience up in one word, it’s “whoa.”
Tischler talks real estate including a pretty awesome description of Dubai’s unique urban fabric. And, as a woman after our own heart, she dishes on who made an appearance at the conference: Paola Antonelli, Marcel Wanders, Oliviero Toscani, Karim Rashid (DJing, per usual). And, more importantly, who didn’t:
International superstar architect Zaha Hadid, who actually managed to make it onto the final, printed program, was AWOL nonetheless. Her participation on these things has evidently become running joke–Zaha, the International No-Show–in design circles. At a dinner in New York during ICFF, Tony Chambers, editor of Wallpaper, estimated that she appears approximately twice for every 10 commitments she makes. If you’re planning on attending a conference because she’s scheduled to appear, buy trip insurance first.
We asked, and NY’s top design writers, bloggers and tastemakers responded appropriately. And sometimes, not so appropriately.
New York Editor, ApartmentTherapy.com
I am most looking forward to … meeting the other ApartmentTherapy city editors!
Editor-in-chief, American Craft
Now that I live in New York I’m looking forward to not feeling like I have to go see absolutely everything in the three days that I’m here (like I always felt coming in from California). Other than that, the Material Connexion conference/symposium has been very cool and quite different than anything else going on during this week. We love Material Connexion!
I am most looking forward to seeing what Karim Rashid is wearing on his feet.
You can’t spend the whole ICFF inside Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, you know. Well, you can, but eventually the Tord Boontje ripoffs will start to trigger laser-cut psychedelic flashbacks, causing you tear off your clothes as you hump the nearest Prettyves Behar seating prototype and rendering you blind in one eye.
Last year, this article in the Architect’s Newspaper highlighted offsite events, which mostly hold true this year, except for the fact that BKLYN DESIGNS was last weekend and there’s no Altoids Living Spaces in Williamsburg this year (maybe because judge Karim Rashid has his own gig).
The Meatpacking District’s listings have grown, and major buzz swirls around HauteGREEN, whatever Murray Moss touches and Tobias Wong‘s store. Find it all with the all-new Core77 Design Week Guide Google Map–parties marked with martinis, of course.
But please be careful. You can only look at so many gorgeously-rendered wood tables or “get it?” design puns before you’ll start to succumb to design fatigue. Unlock your knees, grab the specialty cocktail of the nearest alcohol sponsor, and do not, do not, look directly into the lacey floral curtains. You were warned.