A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
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.