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The designer behind the original Apple store concept

Architect Tim Kobe worked with the late Steve Jobs to raise the tech giant's profile in retail

Published on May 3, 2014 1:57 PM

He came up with the original concept for Apple stores, worked closely with the tech giant's late chief executive Steve Jobs and designed the homes of several Apple directors in the United States.

Four years ago, however, Mr Tim Kobe decided to uproot from his native California and move to Singapore. The architect, who is the founder and chief executive of design firm Eight Inc, did so to move his company's focus to Asia. The move was influenced, in part, by Jobs - or rather, the lack of.

"We worked with Steve every week for about 12 years. When we became aware of his illness and its severity, we were devastated," says Mr Kobe, 57. "Working with him was an inspiration and a challenge. Near the end of his life, he was there less and the idea of continuing at Apple as intensively was not that appealing.

"I wanted to look at more meaningful work than selling more electronics and see if we could apply our experience with Steve in new areas."

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