A Small Space for Big Ideas in SF
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What happens when an architect and a graphic designer take 530 square feet of blank space and open it up to the creative public? Answer: anything from a pop-up travel agency to a woodcraft shop specializing in longboards made from reclaimed wood. Conceived by Yosh Asato and David Baker , StoreFrontLab in Sanfrancisco's Mission District, is an experiment in "community, creativity, and local industry." The space is designed to be flexible, accomomdating anything from a pop-up travel agency promoting car-free trips to an interactive kids' playground; from a week-long artist-in-residency to a one-day DJ vinyl exchange. All you have to do is apply . Funded by the Micro Mission 888 Foundation, StoreFrontLab invites proposals for projects lasting from one day to one month. Next at StoreFrontLab: Pallette Playhouses . For a complete calendar of events, visit StoreFrontLab's website . Above: StoreFrontLab's first event was an artist-in-residency by Deep Craft Atelier . Above: A wide view of the Deep Craft's event shows goods including Scott Constable’s long boards made from reclaimed California woods. Above: Deep Craft's distinctive mallets, cheese boards, and long boards adorn one wall. Above: As part of StoreFrontLab's mission, all events actively engaged the public. Here, Deep Craft's Scott Constable demonstrates how he makes a long board. Photo by Hans Kwiotek . Above: A Deep Jersey by Gabriel Russo for Deep Craft hangs alongside other wear by Mary Brogger. Above: The storefront, located at 337 Shotwell Street in San Francisco's Mission District. The design of the physical storefront represents a collaboration between architects David Baker and Jane Martin and fabricator Hoss Ward.