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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
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.
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.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.