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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
I have an all-Japanese design team, and none of them speak English. So it's often funny and surprising how my ideas end up lost in translation.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
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 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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.