Design Quotes

A few of my favourite quotes on design that I live and work by…

The reality of the building does not consist of the roof and walls, but in the space within to be lived in.  – Lao Tzu

In reality, we live in the past.  That is, the world that surrounds us is not new.  The things in it, our houses, our places of work, even our cars, aren’t created anew every day.  So any particular period is an amalgam of many earlier times.  – Thom Andersen, Filmmaker, Los Angeles Plays Itself, 2003

Interiors should be tailored to how people live. Most importantly, they should reflect the spirit and soul of the people who inhabit them.
— James Huniford

… a home should be the calm center of a family’s universe.  – Richard Tub, Interiors Southeast: Leading Designers Reveal Their Most Brilliant Spaces

Home is the backdrop of life.  – Ken Pursley, Perspectives On Design – Carolinas

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.  – Hans Hoffman

Design, like language itself, conveys meaning through the creation of wholes that are bigger than the sum of their parts.
– Neri Oxman, MIT Design and Architecture professor

An interior is the natural projection of the soul.  – Coco Chanel

The single most important ingredient in a home is that it must have a soul.   – Charles Faudree, Charles Faudree Home

Design your house around the experiences you want to have.  – Ayaz Basrai, Principal of the Mumbai based design firm, The Busride

We should do our utmost to encourage the beautiful, for the useful encourages itself.  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The ability to recognize beauty is the first step in the ability to create it. -Thomas Pheasant, Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. – William A. Foster, U.S. Marine Medal of Honor recipient

Home improvement is part design and mostly problem solving.  – Amy Matthews, DIY Network, General Contractor

Soul is an attribute – an intangible one that rises above price tags and neighborhoods – and it demands not just an understanding of a place’s “bones” but also the ability to incorporate one’s personal vision into its decoration.  – Chris Madden, The Soul of a House

Taste is not a standard but the ability to discern.
Flair – a primitive kind of style – may be innate, but I think knowledgeable taste is learned, the result of travel, experience, living, education.  – Albert Hadley

…the language of the house and its decor is one of the most complex languages in the world. Because of that it is one of the richest and most expressive means of communication.  – Joan Kron, Home-Psych

Space and light and order.  Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.  – Le Corbusier

When you’re building a room, you’re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home.  – Rose Tarlow

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.  – Jean Cocteau

Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.  – John Maeda, The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life

The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about creating a quality of life, and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, that makes life beautiful.  It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out.  – Albert Hadley, The Story of America’s Preeminent Interior Designer

We all want to connect with our living space…to make a space that helps to remind us about all the things that matter to us, whatever they are. That’s real character.  – Sally Coulthard, A Home of Your Own: Creating Interiors with Character

We have a mental need to experience that we are rooted in the continuity of time.  We do not only inhabit space, we also dwell in time . . . Buildings and cities are museums of time.  They emancipate us from the hurried time of the present, and help us to experience the slow, healing time of the past. Architecture enables us to see and understand the slow processes of history, and to participate in time cycles that surpass the scope of an individual life.  – Architect Juhani Pallasmaa

You know a design is good if you want to lick it.  – Steve Jobs