By now, everyone has read Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, released this past Monday, or, at least, knows all about the book's spoilers (Jobs' claim to "cracking television", ostensibly with a forthcoming product) and anecdotes (Jobs believed that his fruitarian diet would ward off any uncomely bodily odors. It didn't). Surprisingly, several architects, including I.M. Pei and Maya Lin, are mentioned to have hung out with Jobs, adding to his extensive and eclectic coterie of design influences.
But aside from these, we particularly liked one tidbit--aggrandized by Isaacson to the level of insight--which holds that Jobs's acute aesthetic perception was catalyzed by the modernist spatialities of his childhood home: a Joseph Eichler-built house, whose standardized, yet expressive design would influence the simplicity and elegance of Apple's products. Read on.
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