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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.
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.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
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 chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.