It-Boy product and furniture designer Karim Rashid (those are some of his designs below) will be speaking at San Francisco's Herbst Theater on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m., as part of the American Institute for Graphic Arts 2007 Design Lecture Series.
Rashid's bio: "Born in Cairo, half Egyptian, half English, and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York. He is best known for bringing his democratic design sensibility to the masses. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Georg Jensen, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method, Karim is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of the consumer culture. To date, he has had some 2000 objects put into production. His work is in the permanent collections of 14 Museums worldwide, including MoMA and SFMoMA. Karim has just published his guide to living, Design Your Self, from Regan Books."
You can find more info on Rashid's lecture here.