A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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 curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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 chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.