A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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 must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.
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.
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.