A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
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.
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.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
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.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
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.