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.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
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.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Agriculture as we know it needs to disappear. We can design better and healthier proteins than we get from nature.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.