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    POWDER NIGHT CLUB NEW YORK
    Designed by Karim Rashid

    The Radius Look

    From ruby and poppy red to chartreuse and pale lavender, Karim Rashid serves up his own cocktail of colour at Powder, a New York nightclub.

    Written by: Shonquis Moreno
    Photography: Frank Oudman
    Courtesy of Frame Magazine - www.framemag.com

    From ruby and poppy red to chartreuse and pale lavender, Karim Rashid serves up his own cocktail of colour at Powder, a New York nightclub.

    Industrial designer Karim Rashid was one of those kids who never wasted a minute. He drew nonstop. He made not only clothes, but also all his own hockey equipment. He turned his parents' backyard into a golf course. At 42, he still can't remain seated for very long. His latest work of interior architecture and design, a nightclub called Powder, opened in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood last November. And then - owing to the flight of a primary investor and ensuing bankruptcy - it closed its doors, indefinitely. The elements that may well have made the space riveting and simultaneously marked it as a Rashid design were proscribed by the precarious financial situation. The budget fracas stripped the interior of LCD-screen bathroom mirrors designed to reflect live video at those powdering their noses; bars with LED lights tracking their flanks; a façade 'pixelated' with small tiles made of a stainless-steel alloy; and a 'smart' dance floor designed to change colours as clubbers tried the latest moves.

    Nonetheless, a sophisticated lighting scheme and radiused walls bring Powder into its own, giving the space an ethereal quality. Most of Rashid's designs - which include everything from chess pieces, chairs and shoes to sofas, wallpaper and lighting fixtures - elicit an infantile urge to pop them in your mouth like sweets or a baby's dummy. Inside Powder, however, what Rashid usually accomplishes with form and colour, he has been forced to create with light.

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