“I grew up immersed in art books. My mother lectured on history of art and architecture and later taught art education,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore. “Some of my earliest memories involve seeing enormous books filled with everything from Michelangelo to Miro, and countless trips to museum and their gift shops, and all the books that inevitably followed us home. Our shelves were filled with them and our coffee table often overflowed.”

“That’s the background and baggage I bring with me to Designed by Apple in California,” Ritchie writes. “A new, lavishly — ludicrously — produced photo book, it aims to celebrate and document the historic collaboration between the late Steve Jobs and Jony Ive, and the crushingly brilliant industrial design team they put together at Apple.”

“Eight years in the making, it includes 450 pictures spread across 300 pages, all shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman. Available in both regular 10.2 x 12.8-inches or ‘plus’ sized 13 x 16.3-inches, it’s got a price tag as big as its bindings — $199 and $299 respectively,” Ritchie writes. “Designed by Apple in California is one of the most finely crafted books I’ve ever owned, filled with some of the most popular and pivotal products ever designed. It deserves to exist and I’m glad it does. The design world is better for it. Like the other tomes in my studio, I’ll likely only refer back to it a few times a year. But when I do it will be with a smile up to my eyes.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’ve called the book gorgeous and sumptuous, but even those words don’t do it justice. It’s something you have to hold, see, and leaf through in order to really appreciate its intrinsic, pristine quality which, as one might expect, it gushes with utter confidence.

‘Designed by Apple in California’ photo book chronicles 20 years of Apple design, dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs – November 15, 2016
Steve Jobs left design chief Jonathan Ive ‘more operational power’ than anyone else at Apple – October 21, 2011