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 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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can 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.