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.
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.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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 chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.