You would imagine Steve Jobs’ home office to resemble Mission Control, with multiple monitors and a big, fancy desk.
But instead it’s surprisingly modest and simple, as revealed in these 2004 photos by famed photographer Diana Walker.
Walker was the White House photographer for Time magazine for two decades. She has photographed many famous subjects, including a series of portraits of Jobs over a 15-year period. She took the famous picture of Jobs’ sitting in an empty mansion with a Tiffany lamp and cup of tea.
Jobs’ home office at his Palo Alto home has a brick floor and whitewashed brick walls.
He’s working on a Mac Pro (it’s on the floor, below the table) with a 30-inch Cinema Display. The display sits on a rustic wooden table, which is a bit of a mess with a stack of papers to the right (it’s said that creative thinkers often have messy desks).
Jobs appears to be showing off pictures of his wife and son on the Mac’s screen.
Jobs’ setup is far less elaborate than theses users with crazy workstations. The most complicated thing on his desk is the phone with a ton of preset numbers. I’ll bet there’s 100 of them, and they’re for all the designers and engineers in his creative inner circle.
Jobs also shops at Amazon. Note the open delivery box below.