The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
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.
The principle of the design - the harmony, rhythm and balance are all the same with interior and fashion design.
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.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
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.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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.
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.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Tesla is changing the paradigm. We're going to turn the world on its ear and create high demand through design.