As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion 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.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
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.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
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.