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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from 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.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that's always in style is color.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.