A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.