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Renowned Store Designer Richard Altuna Dies at 70

“Generous to a fault,” his client list was chock-full of prominent retailers.

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Richard Altuna | Credit: Saddleback Chapel

Richard Altuna, a famed architect who left an indelible mark on the world of store design, died at the age of 70 after contracting West Nile virus, NPR reports.

Described in the article as “a tall, idiosyncratic figure whose sneakers were often left untied,” the most recognizable work of his 46-year career came for A-list retailers such as Williams Sonoma, The Gap, Starbucks, Patagonia and Restoration Hardware. His other projects included Washington D.C.’s District Wharf and the NBA Store in New York City.

Designer dignitaries who spoke with NPR credit Altuna with developing the standard for intimate retail experiences that consumers know today.

He was “generous to a fault, fun loving, food lover, avid movie goer, book, toy, and tennis shoe collector,” according to a statement from his family.

An obituary can be found on the website for Saddleback Chapel in Tustin, CA.

Read more at NPR.

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