Remembering an Iconic Architect

by Natasha Wolff | December 1, 2015 10:12 am

In honor of World AIDS Day, online art platform POBA has joined forces with DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), LifeBEAT: Music Fights AIDS and Visual AIDS to kickoff Art Lives, a permanent online gallery of work by artists lost to the disease. Each organization nominated artists—Ken Kendrick, Patrick Kelly, Sylvester and Martin Wong, to name a few—in the fields of visual arts, film, music and design whose work is to be featured in the gallery. Among the list of those honored is award-winning architect Jim Terrell, who pioneered the layouts of department stores[1] across the country.

“When you walk into Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, the concept that you are walking down the Champs-Élysée and looking at various shops, that was his concept,” said POBA Developer Jennifer Cohen in a release. “The idea that shopping could be theater was very much Jim’s view, and that legacy has continued.”

In addition to Terrell’s iconic retailer designs, this special portfolio includes some of his personal sketches, including one curated for the home of good friend and fashion designer Perry Ellis. 

Browse the attached gallery for a sneak peek at the sketches and a few personal photos, and be sure to check out the entire Art Lives exhibit on[2], where it will live permanently. 

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