European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
"iMac" ComputerMade in United States, North and Central America
Designed by Jonathan Ive, British, born 1967, and Apple Industrial Design Team, Cupertino, California. Made by Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, California, 1976 - present.
Currently not on view
1999-103-1a--dGift of Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1999
LabelJonathan Ive and the Apple Industrial Design Team wanted to design a product that was inviting and easy to understand, yet sophisticated enough in appearance to suggest serious performance. The curved, polycarbonate, translucent case, which changes its appearance according to the light of its setting, gives the computer an expressive personality not normally associated with a machine. "With the iMac," said Ive, "a primary objective was to create something accessible . . . almost familiar . . . (and) to combine the familiar with something from tomorrow."