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 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.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.