Karim Rashid is an industrial designer and part-time DJ who spent 243 days traveling last year. His projects he currently has 80 in the works, spanning 36 countries include a Citibank credit card, hotels from Eastern Europe to Dubai, restaurants (like Majik in Belgrade) and a piano. "The way my life is right now," he says, "if I'm working, chances are, I'm traveling."
Favorite city: "I gravitate toward contemporary cities. Tokyo is one of the most beautifully realized metropolises in the world. I love Belgrade I just married my Serbian bride and Milano, for the spirit and passion of the Italians. Moscow right now is one of the most exciting cities in the world for nightlife and energy."
Favorite hotel: "I am so critical of hotels because I am designing them now. I find them antiquated in terms of the digital age. I love the Unique Hotel in Såo Paulo each room has a 7-ft. (2.1 m) circular window and the Semiramis in Athens. Yes, I designed it."
Items I can't travel without: "I always have a sketch pad and my favorite pen, the Precise Rolling Ball Pilot one in black and one in pink. The pad is usually a hard black binder with a spiral, because I rip the drawings out and scan them back to my office. The other thing is my small pink leather briefcase. I've had a pink obsession since I was 5, I think."
Best travel experience: "Flying on the Concorde three weeks before it ended. It was like flying in a spaceship a poetic, futuristic experience. We were in Paris in 3 hr. 11 min. It's a shame that travel has become more about how many people you can put on a plane vs. how to get from point A to point B faster."
Worst travel experience: "We sat on the runway for nine hours after a six-hour delay in the airport and were then told there was no food for the flight. I demanded to get off and was almost arrested. I was escorted off by an undercover cop and six policemen. I have since learned to be calm when I travel, since I do it so much."
Jet-lag remedy: "Griffonia simplicifolia seed extract a.k.a. 5 htp and Paullinia cupana for energy. And I never do work in bed."
Best-loved luggage: "It's all pink with hard-shell cases. I have six or seven of them: Benetton, Hayes ... If I can find pink luggage, I buy it."
Grooming supplies: "I never check a bag, so I carry a small set in my briefcase: Kiehl's shaving cream, Biotherm moisturizer, a good natural toothpaste all kept in one of those Ziploc plastic bags. I've been thinking of designing one."
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