karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920
karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920
apr 16, 2009

karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920

‘kairo’ by karim rashid for riva 1920 all images courtesy of karim rashid



we have just recieved images of karim rashid’s newest project ‘kairo’ chair that he designed for italian company riva 1920. his chair will be on display during milan design week 09.


‘when I first sketched the kairo chair for riva 1920 I was firstly inspired by the manufacturing process, to cut out of a solid trunk of a tree a one piece object with as little material removed as possible. the arched simple cuts from the chair were inspired a recent trip to egypt where I saw the eye shapes everywhere from ancient double curved stools and chairs to hand carved vessels to the basic lines found in the hieroglyphics.’ – karim rashid

karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920 the solid tree trunk


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920 the truck given shape


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920 the final chair shape


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920 the seat section being hollowed out


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920 ‘kairo’ complete

karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920 ‘kario’


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920


karim rashid: 'kairo' for riva 1920

  • beautiful!

    Ernst says:
  • that is a lot of good wood. cool concept, but seems wasteful.

    dave says:
  • anyone who have the money to waste can do this. probably even do a better job. fugly ,nonsense and simply wasteful. if he really set out to cut out a minimum of material then i’m sure this is not the shape to go!

    Andy says:
  • The first picture was so enticing. Hand built work is so much more satisfying. Robot craftsmanship.

    Nones says:
  • I continue to be amazed that Karim Rashid is a design superstar.

    Alberto says:
  • He is like a crappier marc newsome

    Mike says:
  • design should be in harmony with nature…
    first pic looks interesting but the process to get there is less appealing:
    robot instead of real carpenter
    that waste of wood…
    doesnt fit together according my ephemeral soul…

    yalcin says:
  • like the chair,
    I do not see waste material,
    sawdust is probably then used for wood pellets!

    olga says:
  • didn’t think rashid had it in him-or one of his employees.

    brooklynsun says:
  • at yalcin: you never loose or waste material, but you loose and waste the value of it ! the difference lays in value creation vs. value reduction

    surprisingly this work is not pink or green or whatever ugly colour, its simply the natural colour. thanks for this karim !

  • oh! texture is a propriety of material not of Karim!

    mandal says:
  • You commentators are all pretty naive.
    Is this really the first time you see how woodwork is done in a manufacture place?

    Alberto says:

    KAREN says:
  • nice…interesting…would be great to see in a landscape with hundreds of these chairs

    Nakul says:
  • this is a pretty good design. you can imagine it made of recycled wood or other materials as well.

    Eric says:
  • looks cozy. and light. id like to see karim move it. and sit in it for longer than ten minutes.

    karim fan #1 says:
  • if you know about the manufacturer you’ll know they work with solid blocks of seriously aged timber, collaborating @ Salone w big name designers to construct a museum piece. last year they had a monolith cantelever table bench from a tree trunk that’d been calcified in a swamp for 30,000 yrs – amazing. am NOT a Karim fan tho AM pleasantly surprised at this effort. could be someone in his office. Could be for once he’s working with raw material?……& not plastic!!

    A.M says:

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