The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.