The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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 chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.