The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
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 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.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.