As a boy aboard a ship to Canada, Karim Rashid won a children's art contest — with a picture of luggage. Today the Egyptian-born, New York-based Rashid is one of the best-known figures in the world of industrial design, creating products that are unusual, stylish and functional. From waste baskets and snow shovels to teacups and martini glasses, his distinctive, playful approach has won him many awards. But he argues above all for design that's democratic and relevant to our lives today. Karim Rashid spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in 2016.

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