A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.
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.
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 designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.