Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
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.
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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.