10 design legends offer words of wisdom

Lift Your Spirits

Good design can bolster your spirits in so many ways, making your life more comfortable, more productive, and certainly more beautiful. And when you’re looking for inspiration, many of the iconic talents behind your favorite pieces can offer uplifting life lessons. Enjoy a few moments of diversion in the form of 10 insightful sentiments from some of the greatest designers the world has known.


Josef Frank on Being Human
“Every human needs a certain degree of sentimentality to feel free.” 


Angelo Mangiarotti on Being Happy
“Happiness comes from honesty.” 


Gae Aulenti on Persevering
“When you’re criticized… wait two or three years and see.” 


Gio Ponti on Progress
“Everything is going from the heavy to the light, from the gross to the subtle, from the opaque to the transparent, from the dark to the light, from the colorless to the colorful... Anyone going in the opposite direction is in error.” 


Dieter Rams on Being Mindful
“We cannot afford any more thoughtlessness.” 


Charles Eames on Interdependence
“Eventually everything connects—people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” 


Poul Henningsen on Doing the Work
“The future comes by itself; progress does not.”  


 Philippe Starck on Being Engaged
“No one is obliged to be a genius, but everyone is obliged to participate.” 


Marc Newson on Being Yourself
“If you can just be yourself, then you have to be original—because there’s no one like you.” 


Achille Castiglioni on Finding Enjoyment
“There has to be irony… I see around me a professional disease of taking everything too seriously. One of my secrets is to joke all the time.” 



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