Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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 common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
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 must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
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.