Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.