Interior Design Quotes From Iconic Designers

When designing our homes we often look to the past for inspiration. Whether that’s in terms of your home’s features, or your furniture. So, why not seek advice from some of the world’s design masters? We’ve hand-selected some of our favourite interior design quotes from celebrated designers to help. Hopefully, their advice, views and opinions will inspire you to create a unique interior design style that’s right for you.

Greta M. Grossman Quotes

Greta M. Grossman portrait | Interior design quotes

“The easiest way to show what you can do is to do it on your own.”

“If you are planning for small quarters, don’t overcrowd.”

“Filling every inch of the room with furniture may seem to avoid wasted space—until you find much cannot be used anyway.”

“Home should spell sanctuary and happiness, not a place from which to escape.”

“Simplicity must be the keynote today in any development of the pattern of living.”

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Charles and Ray Eames Quotes

Charles & Ray Eames portrait | Interior design quotes

“The details are not the details, the details make the product.”

“What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts”

“The role of the designer is that of a very good thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.”

“The real questions are: Does it solve a problem? Is it serviceable? How is it going to look in ten years?”

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Eero Saarinen Quotes

Eero Saarinen portrait | Interior design quotes

“The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man’s life one earth and to fulfil his belief in the nobility of his existence.”

“To me the drawn language is a very revealing language: one can see in a few lines whether a man is really an architect.”

“Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.”

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Finn Juhl Interior Design Quotes

Finn Juhl portrait | Image courtesy of Det Kongelige Bibliotek

“A chair is not just a product of decorative art in a space, it is a form and a space in itself.”

“One cannot create happiness with beautiful objects, but one can spoil quite a lot of happiness with bad ones.”

“I have been more amazed by the simplest and most elegant furniture from Egypt than I have with any other ancient furniture.”

“Have you ever noticed these fancy homes designed by architects? Everything is so pure and clean, they only dare to use the colours white, black and grey. They don’t even risk hanging art on the walls, and when they do it’s some small abstract piece. It can’t be necessary to reduce our surroundings to something so boring, when we have so many exciting opportunities.”

Charlotte Perriand Quotes

Charlotte Perriand portrait | Interior design quotes

“The extension of the art of dwelling is the art of living.”

“Without well-planned storage, it is impossible to find space in one’s home.”

“Everything changes so quickly, and what is state-of-the-art one moment won’t be the next. Adaptation has to be ongoing – we have to know and accept this. These are transient times.”

“Architecture is an ebb and flow between interior and exterior—a round-trip.”

“Everything is linked, the body and the mind; mankind and the world; the earth and the sky.”

Florence Knoll Quotes

Florence Knoll portrait | Interior design quotes

“An intelligent interior plan goes further than the furnishings which fill the space. It strikes at the root of living requirements and changing habits. Planning involves economics, technical efficiency, comfort, taste, and price.”

“The character of an interior is established by the building itself, by the climate, by the occupants of the building, and by the basic design concept.”

“The final details are as essential to the creation of a well-integrated interior as are its basic structural elements.”

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Le Corbusier Quotes

Le Corbusier portrait | Interior design quotes

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.”

“Light creates ambience and feel of a place, as well as the expression of a structure.”

“The house is a machine for living in.”

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Eileen Gray Quotes

Eileen Gray portrait | Interior design quotes

“To create, one must first question everything.”

In contrast to Le Corbusier, Gray says “A house is not a machine to live in. It is the shell of man, his extension, his release, his spiritual emanation.”

Verner Panton Quotes

Verner Panton | Image courtesy of Vitra

“One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes.”

“Choosing colours should not be a gamble. It should be a conscious decision. Colours have a meaning and a function.”

“Light and colour are closely linked. The colours can make a crucial change in nature, if you switch from daylight to artificial light or just from strong to weak illumination.”

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Isamu Noguchi Interior Design Quotes

Isamu Noguchi portrait | Interior design quotes

“Everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture.”

“Art should become as one with its surroundings.”

“I am always looking for a new way of saying the same thing.”

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