A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
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.
Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it's not a product; it's an understanding of human nature.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.