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.
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.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.
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 common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.