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.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
Everyone wants an iPhone, but it would be impossible to design an iPhone in China because it's not a product; it's an understanding of human nature.
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 chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.