Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
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.
Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.
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.
Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures.
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.
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.
Design must be functional, and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
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 chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.