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  1. It’s not about putting a speaker in a chair or putting a TV in a bed. That’s not how technology and the home intersect. For me, it’s about sensors, about the home knowing where you are.
  2. If you don’t love something, it’s not functional, in my opinion.
  3. Sometimes you can find peace of mind by transferring yourself to different situations. They’re just reminders to stay… calm.
  4. I am extraordinarily fascinated by the future of technology. We are in the early infancy of technology, and we have an opportunity to guide how technology develops and integrates into our lives. I talk a lot about the ‘invisible interface,’ or the idea that we can utilize technology without being absorbed into a screen.
  5. I want to work on things that aren’t self-evident, to propose things that are radically different and game-changing.
  6. Design needs a new relationship with the world, one that is more focused on our planet’s needs.
  7. Consumers want products that tell stories, have magic, and inspire.
  8. What got me really excited about Tylko is the fact that it bridges the gap between tradition and technology. It expands the designer’s ability to create a language, to create ideas, to create a set of proportions, a set of details, and to apply those across a really wide range of applications.
  9. Juicero is the first company to make cold-pressed juice something that people can make themselves at home. The challenges to design and engineer a press that can deliver 8,000 pounds of force are tremendous.
  10. The next step for me with the Up is how it talks with the rest of the home. It’s an object that can tell the home where I am and what I’m doing.
  11. Part of my life is spent designing in urban centers, and part of my life has been spent in factories. But the other part of my life is spent in nature.
  12. Every tech product on the body like Jawbone or in the home like August is different. But there are definitely principles that apply across the board for me, such as integration in everyday life and discretion.
  13. Advertising is the price companies pay for being unoriginal.
  14. The role of designers and product makers is to really become much better editors. What kind of functionality is actually needed — and truly delightful — to consumers? Remove all the extraneous stuff.
  15. I imagine a future with no waste; material innovations have already become exponentially more vast, and I do think the future needs to be cradle to cradle. If designed properly, one product could be used for many years before needing to be recycled, or its components reused.
  16. For each project I do, I try to surprise myself, do the unexpected, and change my own status quo. From the One Laptop Per Child, the Herman Miller Sayl, or the latest Movado watch collection, there is always an insecurity about being able to do something important. I think each of those projects makes me feel like we have progressed.
  17. An ideal day for me is a combination of a fun-exciting creative moment with work partners, some laughs and games with my kids, a good surf session, and great conversation with friends around a meal.
  18. I never felt truly at home in Switzerland.
  19. I truly believe that everything Sci-fi taught me as a child about an efficient and wondrous world will be happening in my lifetime.
  20. I have been working with Hive, part of British Gas, on reinventing the thermostat. Now you can control your heating at the press of a button on your phone. As I say, design should permeate every part of society.

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