The name Karim Rashid is synonymous with cutting-edge contemporary design. One of the most prolific designers of his generation, he has more than 3,000 designs in production and more than 300 design awards to his name. His global work appears in 20 permanent collections, and countless restaurants and exhibitions.

What trends are you seeing in the A/V furniture market?

We [continue to] see a breaking away from traditional materials and forms. Cabinets are becoming more shallow due to smaller-sized components. I think the audiovisual furniture market will become more sophisticated and less masculine with lightness of form and finishes.

What are the must-have features for the perfect A/V cabinet?

The obvious answer is functionality, but the piece must be designed without losing a sense of high style. Cable management is critical, but as we move into a wireless world this will become less of an issue. But honestly, a beautifully designed piece of furniture is most important to me.

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