Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
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.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
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 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.
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.