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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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.
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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
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.