Wired.com's 20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Built the ‘Coolest Computer Ever.’ It Bombed references:
“We have made the coolest computer ever,” he told me. “I guess I’ll just show it to you.”
He yanked off the fabric, exposing an 8-inch stump of transparent plastic with a block of electronics suspended inside. It looked less like a computer than a toaster born from an immaculate conception between Philip K. Dick and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (But the fingerprints were, of course, Jony Ive’s.) Alongside it were two speakers encased in Christmas-ornament-sized, glasslike spheres.
“The Cube,” Jobs said, in a stage whisper, hardly containing his excitement.)
Wikipedia's Ludwig Mies van der Rohe says:
Mies strove toward an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of unobstructed free-flowing open space. He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture. He sought an objective approach that would guide the creative process of architectural design, but was always concerned with expressing the spirit of the modern era. He is often associated with his fondness for the aphorisms, "less is more" and "God is in the details".
and that certainly makes sense in the context of Apple's approach.
But I don't get the reference to the writer Philip K. Dick at all. What might that author’s contribution to the design of a toaster look like? Was he ever involved in set design or cover design for his books or real-world design, or is it more likely that Wired just threw in a popular SciFi author's name to match the stature of the "less is more" architect?