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.
Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
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.
Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.
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.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
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.
A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.
Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection.