Design Quotes: Words of Wisdom from Top Designers

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For those of you heading to DIY land—here are some words of wisdom from some of the best interior designers, architects, and product designers around the globe for some DIY inspiration! These top design talents have created endless inspiring interiors, breathtaking buildings, luxury furniture, stunning fashions, and a variety of other products. They have led or still lead highly successful businesses in the design industry and left their print on our world!

Lh’s Favorite Design Quotes

“There is nothing more exciting than incorporating bold, vibrant colors with a striking mix of genres and periods to create lively, magical spaces that inhabit memories and enrich lives.”

– Jamie Drake, Interior Designer

“I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk.”

– Dorothy Draper

“Learn to look not with your eyes but with your heart. Find the things that connect with you. How else will you know how to design your home?”

– Kelly Hoppen, Interior & Product Designer

“Nothing is passé if you really love it.”

– Rose Tarlow

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”

– Steve Jobs

“Luxury is when it seems flawless, when you reach the right balance between all elements. Understated theatricality – that is what my luxury is all about.”

– Jean-Louis Denoit, Interior Designer

“Underneath all I design lies the solid belief that beauty is a positive force.”

-Barbara Barry

“Chairs are uniquely the best expression of design. They encompass more of the challenges by which I live and work than any other single component of furniture.”

-Vladimir Kagan

“Rawness and refinement are not opposite ends of a luxurious spectrum. They are two complementary features with which to populate a luxe environment.”

– Kelly Wearstler, Interior & Product Designer

“Exquisite details make interiors sing.”

-Larry Laslo

“Luxury must be comfortable otherwise it is not luxury.”

-Coco Chanel

For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another.

– Andree Putman, Interior & Product Designer

“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”

-Frank Lloyd Wright

“Designers and people in general are too attracted by ‘new’, but nothing ages more quickly than ‘newness’. All my objects reflect [a] marriage between past and present.”

-Marcel Wanders

“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy.”

– Juan Montoya, Interior Designer

“If you love something it will work. That’s the only real rule.”

-Bunny Williams

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”

-Le Corbusier

“Serious is a word that must be entirely avoided when it comes to decoration.”

-Kathryn M. Ireland

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

-Leonardo Da Vinci

“Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works.”

-Steve Jobs

“Pick what you like because living with a trend that is not you is never a good choice.”

-Thomas Pheasant

“Details are not details; they make the product.”

-Charles Eames

“Luxury is in each detail.”

-Hubert De Givenchy

“A designer has a duty to create timeless design. To be timeless you have to think really far into the future, not next year, not in two years but in 20 years minimum.”

-Philippe Starck

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