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.
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 designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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 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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.