Or did we care most about our clothes feeling really soft and lasting longer? We spent about two weeks talking about this every night at the dinner table.” Steve Jobs, Isaacson’s biography makes clear, was a complicated and exhausting man.
But they took twice as long to complete a washing cycle. As Jobs explained, “We spent some time in our family talking about what’s the trade-off we want to make.
We ended up talking a lot about design, but also about the values of our family.
Did we care most about getting our wash done in an hour versus an hour and a half?
This time, he had a wife and family in tow, but it made little difference.
“We spoke about furniture in theory for eight years,” his wife, Laurene Powell, tells Walter Isaacson, in “Steve Jobs,” Isaacson’s enthralling new biography of the Apple founder.
“We spent a lot of time asking ourselves, ‘What is the purpose of a sofa?
’ “ It was the choice of a washing machine, however, that proved most vexing.
Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto.
Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived.