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 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.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.