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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.