by: Shonquis Moreno
Photography: Frank Oudman
Courtesy of Frame Magazine - www.framemag.com
ruby and poppy red to chartreuse and pale lavender,
Karim Rashid serves up his own cocktail of colour
at Powder, a New York nightclub.
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.
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.