I'm not into nostalgia, and I only look back to find lessons.
Status based on wealth is an old-fashioned idea; I find it repugnant, actually.
Good design is good business.
Great ideas have no attachment to either money or class.
I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in Brooklyn. It's what gave me my drive to succeed, the upward mobility I've been after my whole life.
I have to be more universal than my projects, but no less innovative.
When I travel, I just take what I need and I run. I always have my briefcase stuffed with work, even when I go on a holiday.
My best vacation was renting a boat and motoring along the Adriatic, going along the Croatian coast, before it became so fashionable. I've also sailed around the Turkish islands, the Greek islands and Sicily.
The music I listened to as a kid - the Stones, the Beatles - that was so rebellious at the time, it became mainstream.
The trimmings of wealth are not as important to me and my generation as they were to my parents' generation.
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