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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
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.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
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.
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.