Highlights from SAHARA: Commerce, Part I

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Nov 15, 2016
The offerings in SAHARA of images related to commerce are so vast that we decided to break it into parts. This month we take a first look at retail. These images include eye-catching signs, inviting entrances, a very wide span of display choices, and architecture from street stalls to grand shopping palaces. Again, we thank our members for their keen eyes, skill, and generosity in sharing these images.

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Princes Risborough Market House, Buckinghamshire, England. Built 1824, refurbished 1867, restored in the 20th century. Photo: Jeffrey Klee, 2013.

Art deco entrance to G.A. Zink & Sons, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia. Designed by H. & A. Sidgreaves Shopfitters, 1937. Photo: Dell Upton, 2015.

Lit Brothers Department Store, Philadelphia, PA. Designed by Collins & Autenrieth Architects, 1893-1907. Postcard image ca 1910, contributed by Peter Clericuzio.

Interior of the TriBeCa Issey Miyake store, New York, NY. Designed by Frank Gehry, 2001. Photo: Peter Clericuzio, 2012.

Kathy’s Kreations and Tom Clark Gnomes, Sunland, Los Angeles County, CA. The building dates to 1938. Photo: Dell Upton, 2014.

Detail of the Prada Store façade, Tokyo, Japan. Designed by Herzog and De Meuron, 2003. Photo: Sigrid de Jong, 2008.

Shop in Hekou Village, Shanxi, China, ca 1980-2000. Photo: Dell Upton, 2016.

Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China, with Wing On (left) and Sincere (right) department stores. Sincere was designed by Lester, Johnson & Morris Architects, 1917 (renovated 2006) and features Wren-like details such as the spire. Wing On was designed by Palmer & Turner, 1918. Photo: Dell Upton, 2006.

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