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.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
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.