Eavesdrop> Dust off your white leather jacket, Karim Rashid is back in town

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Karim Rashid's HAP 5.

Karim Rashid’s HAP 5.

Warmed over designer from the early 2000s, Karim Rashid, is back! The man in white is designing three new residential properties in upper Manhattan, “HAP FOUR N.Y.” in West Harlem, “HAP FIVE N.Y.” in East Harlem, and “HAP SIX N.Y.” in Inwood. Known for curving forms, extensive use of plastics, and bright colors, Rashid has designed numerous products and interiors, such as the bulbous bottles for Method cleaning products. As Rashid steps into the world of architecture, his—let’s say, expressive—approach has come under fire. But there’s no stopping him now…

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 4.

The city recently  approved, HAP 5—Rashid’s 8-story residential project that has fluorescent turquoise and pink balconies. But here’s the thing: in April, HAP Investment Developers, the developer behind the project, told the Daily News that it would circulate a public poll so local residents could weigh-in on the design. But as you may have guessed, that never happened. Now building permits have been issued. The design could potentially be tweaked, though, as HAP’s chief executive told the News that the design is still being finalized.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 6.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 4.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 5.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 5.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 5.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 6.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 5.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 5.

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Karim Rashid’s HAP 5.

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