Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
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.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
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.