The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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 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.
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 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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.