A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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 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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Sustainability can't be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropical cause. It has to be a design challenge.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.