The Design Exchange (DX)  Canada’s Design Centre and Museum honoured Karim Rashid, Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, whose works and achievements were celebrated at Binary, the Design Exchange’s annual Black & White Fundraising Gala being held on November 12, 2011 at the  DX. Each year the Design Exchange honours exceptional Canadian designers who are advancing the world of design.

karim Rashid & Marlon Moreno. Photo by Charles Leonio

karim Rashid & Marlon Moreno. Photo by Charles Leonio

“The Design Exchange has chosen to honour these three Canadian designers for their individual and collective achievements which have propelled them to international acclaim and helped brand Canada as a designled nation,” says Design Exchange Chairperson, Tim Gilbert. He also notes that

“Karim, Hani, and Lise Anne are role models for all aspiring young architects and designers, but especially to young women and newcomers to Canada.”

Karim Rashid is recognized as one of the most accomplished industrial designers in the world. Karim has over 3,000 projects in production in over 35 countries and his work is featured in 20 permanent museum collections. In addition to being a prolific industrial designer, Karim has participated in various design fields including interior, fashion, exhibit and urban design, and has published many successful books including I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli 2001). Karim has been profiled in thousands of articles and was named the most famous industrial designer in the world by Time Magazine. He has received over 300 prestigious awards for his creativity and innovation in the design field.

Architects and professional partners Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture founded Asymptote Architecture (ASY), and have produced powerful and innovative architecture around the world.

Hani Rashid & Lise Anne Couture. Photo by Natalie Behring

Projects range from experimental spatial installations and digital architecture to some of the world’s newest iconic buildings such as the HydraPier in the Netherlands and the 85,000 sqm YAS hotel in Abu Dhabi.

An Architectural Gemstone: The Yas Hotel courtesy of the YAS hotel.

Hani Rashid and Couture have also explored art installation, object design and master planning. Works include master plans for the center of Prague and the Yongsan district in Seoul, Korea, as well as special edition art and design works for Knoll, Meta (London) and Phillips de Pury and Company in New York.

Guests arriving at the VIP dinner. Photo by Charles Leonio

The gala included a cocktail reception, VIP dinner in the exhibition hall emceed by supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, presentations, a silent auction, as well as raffles and door prizes. Among many other exciting surprises the after-party, which run from 8 p.m. until the wee hours, featured a fashion show hosted by Tiegs on the DX trading floor courtesy of platinum sponsor Cambria.

After Party BINARY lounge. Photo by Charles Leonio

Jeff Rustia, President of Front TV & Marlon Moreno BOLD magazine. Photo by Charles Leonio
Models at the BINARY after party. Photo by Charles Leonio