Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.