A shoe is not only a design, but it's a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you're going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.
I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.
A part of my kind of design and inspiration ethos is that I carry around a leather notebook and I sketch in it, doodle in it, write notes in it, and I put pictures in it.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.