To Ottawa, With Love

by Shane Kalminski

“If we put our hearts to it, we can do something worthwhile.” – Henry Marshall Tory, the first President of Carleton University

Wise words that have since become the unofficial motto of Carelton University and sure to have been heard by a young and ambitious student who first stepped foot on campus over 30 years ago.

Unknown to himself and the world the greatness that was destined for him, Karim Rashid has since earned living-legend status as one of the most prolific and esteemed artists of the century.


In a declaration of poetic respect to his alma mater, BoConcept is proud to have partnered with Karim Rashid in producing the Ottawa Collection… and it is truly worthwhile.

A celebrated and worldly artist with over 3,000 designs in production and 300 awards from over 40 countries, it was his collaboration with BoConcept that earned him two of the most coveted industry prizes; The Red Dot Design Award and the Good Design Award.

With over 11,000 entries from 61 countries, the Red Dot Design Award has been an international pioneer in groundbreaking contemporary design since 1955.


Chosen annually by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, The Good Design Award is based on whether or not a product can enrich society and people’s lives through its design.

We are so proud to have earned these awards for The Ottawa Collection and even more proud to share it with you!


A reminder of simpler times, the Ottawa table offers a soft and relaxed feeling and a nostalgic shape reminiscent of dining tables popularized during the 1950’s and 60’s. Comfortably seating six, the Ottawa table is perfect for urban homes with limited space as it’s easily installed leaf can allow for larger dinner parties of up to 14. Sleek and elegant, the mechanics of the leaf are completely out of sight.


The Ottawa chairs enhance the retro appearance of the table while also bringing hints of nature indoors with their leaf-like shape atop legs that resemble branches.


With ultimate style, the Ottawa sideboard is as sensual as it is minimal. It makes a perfect complement to the dining set or can be used in another room as an attention-grabbing and fluid functional piece of art.


The Ottawa Collection not only pays homage to our designers past, but there are personal touches that reflect his present and future, making the Ottawa accessory line truly intimate collectors pieces. Rashid has designed espresso and coffee cups that include artwork from his undergraduate years at Carleton, “personal hieroglyphics” or symbols that represent his career journey (and the tattoos that cover his arm), as well as his own sketch of the New York City skyline, the city he currently calls home.


It’s comfort and beauty make the Ottawa Collection great but it’s the sheer love, purposeful design and the personal touches that make it groundbreaking and award-winning. As Mr. Henry Marshall Tory once said, worthwhile things come from those who put their heart into it. We hope you love The Ottawa Collection as much as we do!

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or visit us in our Chicago showroom at:

1901 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago IL

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