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.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
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.
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.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.