They got beds, dressers, and a music system for the living room, but items like sofas took longer.
"We spoke about furniture in theory for eight years," recalled Powell.
"We spent a lot of time asking ourselves, 'What is the purpose of a sofa?'"
Buying appliances was also a philosophical task, not just an impulse purchase.
A few years later, Jobs described to Wired the process that went into getting a new washing machine:
It turns out that the Americans make washers and dryers all wrong.
The Europeans make them much better—but they take twice as long to do clothes!
It turns out that they wash them with about a quarter as much water and your clothes end up with a lot less detergent on them.
Most important, they don't trash your clothes.
They use a lot less soap, a lot less water, but they come out much cleaner, much softer, and they last a lot longer.
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?
Or did we care most about our clothes feeling really soft and lasting longer?
Did we care about using a quarter of the water?
We spent about two weeks talking about this every night at the dinner table.