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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
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.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.