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.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
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.
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.