Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.