A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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 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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
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.
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.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.