15 of Our Favorite Quotes About Design

Thoughtful words from some of the most influential architects and designers.

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Photo: Carter Berg; Interior Design: Bunny Williams

These wise words from some of history's most influential architects and designers, including Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, and Zaha Hadid, are sure to inspire you.

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Michael Stillwell
Albert Hadley

"The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. 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. This is not an easy job."

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Billy Baldwin

"Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style."

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Bunny Williams

"I like an interior that defies labeling. I don't really want someone to walk into a room and know that I did it."

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Charles Eames

"The details are not the details. They make the design."

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Charlotte Moss

"There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future."

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David Hicks

"The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them."

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Dorothy Draper

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

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Elsie de Wolfe

"I am going to make everything around me beautiful—that will be my life."

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Frank Gehry

"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness."

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Frank Lloyd Wright

"Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union."

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Juan Montoya

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

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Mark Hampton

"Real comfort, visual and physical, is vital to every room."

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Norman Foster

"As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown."

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Sister Parish

"Innovation is often the ability to reach into the past and bring back what is good, what is beautiful, what is useful, what is lasting."

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Zaha Hadid

"Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space."

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