Growing up Eichler: Steve Jobs and His Childhood Home

Growing up Eichler: Steve Jobs and His Childhood Home

Bethany Seawright
Oct 28, 2011
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 HomesEichler DesignEichler Network's FAQ on EichlersReconsidering the Ranch HouseBalboa Highlands: A Joseph Eichler CommunityA Peek Inside a Mad Men Era Eichler in Granada HillsEichler Homes Flickr Pool Eichler House Tours from Our ArchivesLA House Tour: Barry and Rosemary's Eichler HomeHunter & Casie's "Redneck Modern" Eichler HomeLA House Tour: Cindy and Harvey's Eichler OriginalHouse Tour: Vicki & Richard's Eichler House of Robots Image: Eichler Design
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