Michael Graves Quotes

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Michael Graves Quotes

Im working on a school of architecture in China. Its rare that an architect gets to design a school of architecture, and here I get to do it. Im so pleased that they asked me.
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I don't care what people call me, labels have the negative value of making smaller boundaries for people.

— Michael Graves

If I have a style, I am not aware of it.

— Michael Graves

I don't believe in morality in architecture.

— Michael Graves

In any architecture, there is an equity between the pragmatic function and the symbolic function.

— Michael Graves

In designing hardware to be used every day, it was important to keep both the human aspects and the machine in mind. What looks good also often feels good.

— Michael Graves

It was always my goal to 'up the ante' on good design, and I've devoted much of my career to this.

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I don't clean now, because I'm paralyzed. But let me tell you, I would clean. I cleaned, and I ironed. It's my inner femininity.

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The cost is minimal, but one of the things that you want in a universal design is to make the plan as open as you can ... and to still have walls around bedrooms and that sort of thing, and to keep the corridors wide enough so the wheelchair can do a 360 in the corridor.

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When I design a building, I'm making sure you and I can get to the front door, there's enough of a threshold for entry, and that the rooms are in a logical sequence.

— Michael Graves

When I started my own practice, I was criticized, not because I was doing product design but because, like Le Corbusier, I was insisting on paintings in all of my buildings. I would paint wall murals in the houses that I designed, just as he did in the '20s and '30s.

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When you do what I do, there are a lot of institutions that give you awards. I've gotten maybe 20 medals. They're glorious, and there's a spirit behind them. But sometimes they give you this dreadful modern glass thing. I wish everyone could afford a loving cup.

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I wouldn't have been a health care nut if it hadn't been for my paralysis, so something good came from this.

— Michael Graves

Architecture is not all about the design of the building and nothing else, it is also about the cultural setting and the ambience, the whole affair.

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Architectural and product designs have a narrative capacity - you can start to tell a story about them and imagine a lot of things.

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Architects love to rethink a project - that's what we do. If something is successful, like a house or a kettle, in this case, it's a great compliment when someone wants another one.

— Michael Graves

I once got a postcard from a French poet who wrote - "you don't know me but I'm always very grumpy when I get up in morning. But when I get up now I put the tea kettle on, and when it starts to sing it makes me smile - goddamn you!" That's what happened when we first designed it - we got a lot of mail.

— Michael Graves

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