Karim Rashid in 2014 reinterprets the traditional Venetian chandelier for Purho, transforming it into an ethereal luminous sculpture that calls K1. Consisting of a central body in mirrored glass from which a series of slender transparent glass arms unfold, K1 is characterized by the unusual shapes of Murano blown glass cups, geometric and rounded, in a regular alternation. The glance is unprecedented, contemporary, decidedly harmonious thanks to the lightness of glass and the special color proposed in the catalog. K1 is available in 8, 12 or 16 lights. Besides K1, Karim Rashid has designed for Purho: Flik, Blob, King, Queen Knight, Kountess, Kount, Kastle, Coppa, Diamond, Fila.
He received a degree in industrial design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 1982 and completed his post-graduate studies in Italy. Rashid has created over 2000 designs, including projects ranging from interior, fashion, furniture, lighting, art and music to installations. Born in Cairo from an Egyptian father and an English mother and raised in Canada, Karim now resides in New York where he runs a private design studio. Up to now it has had around 2000 items put into production and has successfully entered the realm of architectural and interior design, such as the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the Semiramis hotel in Athens. For Italy he has also designed the interior fittings of the University Station of the Naples Metro Line 1, a unique example in Italy of a combination of art and urban mobility. His work is in permanent collections in fourteen museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and San Francisco. Rashid has been an associate professor of Industrial Design for 10 years and is now an active participant at universities and conferences worldwide.