The show, taking place at Deitch Projects in Soho with special thanks
to Bombay Sapphire, features new product launches by manufactures such
as Nienkamper, George Kovacs Lighting, Galerkin, Directional, and Umbra.
All products are available at Totem.
Rashid has become one of the world's most vendible designers. The so-called "sensual
minimalism" that characterizes his style - the feminine curve of
a wooden lamp stand or the optical pleasure embedded in a glass stacking
table - is as evident in his polypropylene Umbra waste basket as it is
in his award-winning line of sleek alloy products for Nambe, in the Black & Decker
workaday snow shovel or his telephone for Sum Moon Star. His particular
brand of modernist elegance has generated international buzz, earning
him contracts form amongst others Idee, Issey Miyake, Sony and Totem
as well as the unofficial title of the design world's hippest jack-of-all-trades.
"Form is much more seductive when the product's aesthetics are
experiential, and not just visual," Rashid says, declaring the
importance of engaging the senses. Objects have to blur experience
with form so
that they are inseparable. It means retooling the stuff we live with
to suit the way we really live. It means that if we slouch in chairs,
we make chairs that let us.