Anyone who knows me personally knows I'm a bit of an Apple fanboy. Love 'em or hate 'em, though, Apple's obsession with design is part of what makes them, well, Apple. Their obsession with aesthetics extends to retail storefront design, and Apple has in the past resisted efforts to integrate their storefronts into the local architectural milieu. Company CEO and spiritual leader Steve Jobs' famous recalcitrance has in the past delayed construction for months or years and likely cost the company millions in lost revenues. On the other hand, his obstinance sometimes pays off in a big way, as with the fifth-avenue store in Manhatten.