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.
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.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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 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.