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 chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
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.
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.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.