Growing up Eichler: Steve Jobs and His Childhood Home

Architizer

The passing of Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs earlier this month left many of us mourning the loss of one the world's most innovative thinkers. His impact on design is almost incalculable, and his touch can be felt in our lives, daily. But how was Steve Jobs himself impacted by design? How did his experiences as a boy shape his design philosophy, and by extension, the products he would later develop? While this is obviously a very complex question, and one that far surpasses the scope of this post, Architizer has provided a small piece of the fascinating puzzle: Steve Jobs grew up in a modernist Eichler home. These houses, as many of you may know, were built mainly in California by social activist and developer Joseph Eichler from 1950 to 1974. Unlike other builders of mass-manufactured housing of the time, Eichler believed that well-designed living could be a democratic enterprise. He developed simple homes that looked and functioned beautifully. Apparently, this was a philosophy not lost on a young Steve Jobs...

For the complete article, visit Steve Jobs Grew Up in a Modernist Home | Architizer

More on Eichler Homes
Eichler Design
Eichler Network's FAQ on Eichlers
Reconsidering the Ranch House
Balboa Highlands: A Joseph Eichler Community
A Peek Inside a Mad Men Era Eichler in Granada Hills
Eichler Homes Flickr Pool

Eichler House Tours from Our Archives
LA House Tour: Barry and Rosemary's Eichler Home
Hunter & Casie's "Redneck Modern" Eichler Home
LA House Tour: Cindy and Harvey's Eichler Original
House Tour: Vicki & Richard's Eichler House of Robots

Image: Eichler Design

11 Comments