Det er sjældent, at store designere gæster Danmark, men i næste uge kommer ingen ringere end Karim Rashid på besøg. Han taler på Danmarks Designskole nærmere bestemt torsdag den 10. april 2008 kl. 16.00 og desværre kun en time frem.

Karim kan vel med en vis retfærdighed karakteriseres som vor tids Philippe Starck – bare med bløde og organiske former frem for Starcks kantede og til tider utilnærmelige design.

Karim kan meget og er en energisk herre, og han har endda sit eget manifest – som naturligvis hedder “KARIMANIFESTO”. 

Today poetic design is based on a plethora of complex criteria: human experience, social behaviors, global, economic and political issues, physical and mental interaction, form, vision, and a rigorous understanding and desire for contemporary culture. Manufacturing is based on another collective group of criteria: capital investment, market share, production ease, dissemination, growth, distribution, maintenance, service, performance, quality, ecological issues and sustainability. The combination of these factors shape our objects, inform our forms, our physical space, visual culture and our contemporary human experience. These quantitative constructs shape business, identity, brand and value. This is the business of beauty. Every business should be completely concerned with beauty – it is after all a collective human need. I believe that we could be living in an entirely different world – one that is full of real contemporary inspiring objects, spaces, places, worlds, spirits and experiences. Design has been the cultural shaper of our world from the start. We have designed systems, cities, and commodities. We have addressed the world’s problems. Now design is not about solving problems, but about a rigorous beautification of our built environments. Design is about the betterment of our lives poetically, aesthetically, experientially, sensorially, and emotionally. My real desire is to see people live in the modus of our time, to participate in the contemporary world, and to release themselves from nostalgia, antiquated traditions, old rituals, kitsch and the meaningless. We should be conscious and attune with this world in this moment. If human nature is to live in the past – to change the world is to change human nature.  
 
Jeg ved ikke, om jeg er helt enig, da det er en anelse form-forkuseret. Men så burde man måske komme op med et RIXMANIFEST… og starte med med gå med store hvide briller, få et par tatos og lyserøde sneakers?