In light of the revelation that Steve Jobs was involved in the glass cylinder entry to the Apple store in Shanghai, Barkitecture thought it was worth digging deeper. How much control and input did the late entrepreneur have in throughout Apple’s famous designs.
Pressed by our staffers, Jony Ive, the famed designer of most of Apple’s products and the latest mobile operating system, has admitted that none of the work was his own. Even iOS7, which Ive notably redesigned from scratch, he admits was based upon sketches given to him privately by Steve Jobs. The designer’s “lab” at Apple’s headquarters has one office. Few people are permitted inside the lab, fewer into the office. Ive revealed that in early 2006, when it was clear Mr. Jobs would step down as CEO, he imparted his thoughts on iOS to his chosen successor. Ultimately, Ive did not get the position, but he is still one of the most recognized and admired people in tech and design around the world.
When it was revealed that Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was merely the “architect” for the Jobs-designed flagship store in New York City, it became clear that his legacy went well beyond computer, and mobile products.
Many people do not want to give credit to Mr. Jobs for this, but if you look carefully at the cube and the cylinder, it is obvious that only he could have done this. Ive is recognized for the curved edges of all of the rectangles in Apple’s repertoire. “At least that was mine” he said in conversation with Barkitecture Mag.