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.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
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.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.