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.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that's always in style is color.
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.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.