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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
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.