Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
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 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.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.