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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.