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.
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.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that's always in style is color.