The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.